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Dugan ahead in fundraising

September 27, 2018

The local state representative candidates are like many politicians: They say they’re local folks looking out for local interests. But most of their campaign money is anything but local.

So far, Republican incumbent Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee, and her Democratic challenger, Lisa Dugan, D-Bradley, have raised a combined $650,000 this campaign cycle, according to state Board of Elections records.

As of Monday, Dugan has collected $400,460 in donations, with 2.1 percent coming from donors inside the Kankakee County-based 79th House District.

Many of the rest of Dugan’s contributions came from unions typically allied with her party. Although the unions are based elsewhere, some Democrats argue, they represent local members.

Parkhurst, meanwhile, has pulled in $245,981, with $22,969 from inside the district.

The state Democratic Party has given Dugan $272,000 so far this cycle, while the state GOP and related organizations have donated $140,000 to Parkhurst.

The 79th District race is one of a handful of House seats that are seen as competitive. It was that way two years ago when Parkhurst defeated Democratic incumbent Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee. Cloonen raised $3.5 million to Parkhurst’s $2 million, according to the Board of Elections.

The Democrats need just four more votes to reach the 71-member supermajority required to override the governor’s vetoes, which is why both parties are pouring so much money into toss-up districts such as the 79th.

In the 79th, the political parties are waging remarkably similar campaigns. Without evidence, they are trying to portray their rival candidates as being friendly to the interests of sexual predators.

Sharing stage

State representative candidates Lindsay Parkhurst and Lisa Dugan will answer questions at two upcoming candidate forums:

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Civic Auditorium, 803 S. Eighth Ave., Kankakee. Sponsored by Woman’s Club of Kankakee and Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of Realtors.7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Kankakee Community College’s main auditorium, across from the cafeteria. Sponsored by college’s{span}chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi, a national academic honor society in paralegal studies.

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