WASHINGTON — In the biggest Chicago area congressional contest, Democratic freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood enters the final weeks of the campaign with a commanding financial lead over GOP rival Jim Oberweis, even with him pouring $1.7 million of his own money into his bid.
And in the other big battle, freshman Democrat Sean Casten and Republican challenger Jeanne Ives were about evenly matched in their third quarter hauls, though Casten’s cash-on-hand total dwarf’s Ives’.
The Federal Election Commission reports filed on Thursday reflect fundraising for the third quarter covering July, August and September.
Here’s a fundraising snapshot of the main political warchests for the 6th and 14th districts encompassing suburban turf surrounding Chicago:
6th Congressional District
Casten, a Downers Grove resident is battling Ives, a former state representative from Wheaton.
3rd quarter: $1,146,452
Entire cycle to-date: $5,214,754
3rd quarter: $2,165,097
Entire cycle: $3,521,325
3rd quarter: $1,114,340
Entire cycle: $2,711,580
3rd quarter: $1,122,447
Entire cycle: $2,218,341
14th Congressional District
Underwood, who lives in Naperville, is facing Oberweis, a state senator from Sugar Grove.
3rd quarter: $1,848,998
Entire cycle: $6,752,670
3rd quarter: $2,726,593
Entire cycle: $4,895,985
3rd quarter loan: $600,000
Entire cycle to date, loan: $1,700,000
3rd quarter, including $600,000 loan: $986,202
Entire cycle, including $1.7 million in loans: $2,900,688
3rd quarter: $483,777
Entire cycle: $2,024,847