Smiddy, Jacobs fill campaign coffers

Posted Online: July 16, 2014, 8:55 pm
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By Eric Timmons,
State Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, and state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, are both raising more campaign funds than their Republican election opponents.

Rep. Smiddy raised more than $104,000 in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest filing at the Illinois State Board of Elections. He had $105,000 in cash at the end of June compared to the $18,000 available to his Republican opponent, Jim Wozniak.

Mr. Wozniak, an assistant state's attorney with Rock Island County, raised a little more than $20,000 in between April 1 and June 30. More than half of that total came from three donors.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, donated $10,600 to Mr. Wozniak. Aaron Tennant, president of Tennant Truck Lines in Colona, gave $2,000 to Mr. Wozniak.

Mr. Smiddy's biggest checks came from unions, including $25,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education, which is affiliated with one of the state's largest teachers' unions, gave $50,000 to Rep. Smiddy's campaign in the second quarter.

Sen. Jacobs has established a $110,000 fundraising lead over Republican opponent Neil Anderson, a Moline firefighter.

Sen. Jacobs raised $51,000 between April 1 and June 30, including $10,000 from the Associated Firefighters of Illinois Political Action Committee. He also received $5,000 from Southern Wine and Spirits of America Inc., of Florida, and $2,500 from MidAmerican Energy Co.

Mr. Anderson had $63,000 in cash at the end of the quarter compared to Sen. Jacobs' balance of $173,000.

The Republican raised more than $33,000 in the second quarter, helped by $5,000 from Mark Rauschert, president of Midwest Control Products in Bushnell. Tennant Truck Lines, the Colona firm run by Mr. Tennant, also gave $5,000 to Mr. Anderson.

State Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, is unopposed in the Nov. 4 election after Republican Alex Fulton dropped out of the campaign last month. Rep. Verschoore raised $15,000 in the second quarter and had $230,000 in cash at the end of the quarter.


Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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