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Democrat Rep. Lauren Underwood holds big fundraising lead over Republican Jim Oberweis

Democratic Rep. Sean Casten and Republican challenger Jeanne Ives raised about the same amount last quarter, but Casten has more cash-on-hand.

14th Congressional District candidates Jim Oberweis and Lauren Underwood
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times on Oberweis; Rich Hein/Sun-Times for Underwood

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.

Casten:

Receipts

3rd quarter: $1,146,452

Entire cycle to-date: $5,214,754

Disbursements

3rd quarter: $2,165,097

Entire cycle: $3,521,325

Cash-on-hand: $1,994,950

Ives:

Receipts

3rd quarter: $1,114,340

Entire cycle: $2,711,580

Disbursements

3rd quarter: $1,122,447

Entire cycle: $2,218,341

Cash-on-hand: $493,239

14th Congressional District

Underwood, who lives in Naperville, is facing Oberweis, a state senator from Sugar Grove.

Underwood:

Receipts

3rd quarter: $1,848,998

Entire cycle: $6,752,670

Disbursements

3rd quarter: $2,726,593

Entire cycle: $4,895,985

Cash-on-hand: $2,301,427

Oberweis:

Receipts

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

Disbursements

3rd quarter: $483,777

Entire cycle: $2,024,847

Cash-on-hand: $875,841