The end of the primary season is almost upon us. The fundraising totals for the March 20th primary are coming in. While the races for governor and attorney general have attracted a lot of the attention regarding campaign financing; for example JB Pritzker alone is spending $171,000 per day, according to Bloomberg. Other races around the state have drawn in a lot of money as well. The Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District is no exception.
According to data provided by the Betsy Dirksen Londrigan Campaign, the Democrats have collectively raised more than $1.3 million for their primary contest. In the press release provided by the campaign, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan leads the pack with $544,000; while Erik Jones comes in second with just over $441,000. In the report provided to us, Dirksen Londrigan out-raised the next closest candidate by nearly $100,000 so far in 2018. (View full press release here)
Although campaign fundraising does not directly translate into votes, financial support outside of a candidate’s own personal wealth is a good metric of a campaign’s effectiveness. Campaigns need money to operate, buy advertising, pay their staff, and many other things. But while money helps spread a campaign message, money by itself is not a message. So ultimately, campaign success falls back on the candidate and the message.
To learn more about all the Democratic candidates in the 13th district, check out Springfield Daily’s in-depth interviews on the Thomas Clatterbuck Show.
Rep. Bustos endorses Londrigan in the 13th
Democratic candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan picked up another endorsement. Speaking at the Springfield Mel-O-Cream Donuts shop, Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-17) endorsed the Democratic challenger in the 13th. Bustos is the only Democratic Congressional representative from Central Illinois. During her speech, Bustos spoke in favor of unions as key to growing the middle class. The event was attended by around 50 people.
To learn more about Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and the other candidates in the 13th, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.
Nonprofit pushing Illinois to lower voting age to 16 for local elections
While Illinois lawmakers and local officials are considering raising the legal age to smoke and own firearms, a push to lower the voting age is gaining steam.
Vote 16 Illinois is a chapter of Vote 16 USA, a nonprofit with a goal to lower the legal voting age requirements for local elections. The group is working with state lawmakers to start the conversation about getting 16-year-olds the right to vote.
Brandon Klugman, with Vote 16’s national chapter, said that voting at 16 sets the tone for civic participation in later years.
“When people vote in the first election they’re eligible for, they’re much more likely to continue voting in subsequent elections,” he said.
Perhaps more compelling to detractors of allowing a 16-year-old to vote in local elections: If they’re already working and paying taxes, shouldn’t they have a say in that process?
“Young people who are working and paying taxes are definitely aware of that fact,” Klugman said.
When asked why it’s acceptable for a young person to vote five years before they can buy cigarettes, as was approved by the Illinois Senate in April, Klugman said the timelines aren’t comparable.
“Each age line should be set at what makes the most sense in that particular behavior and that particular activity,” he said.
Allowing local votes at 16 would require changing the state’s constitution. The Illinois Constitution would have to be amended to allow only home-rule municipalities the option to lower their age requirement. It’s not impossible. It was changed via referendum in 1988 to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, where it stands now.
Eighteen would still be the age limit for elections with federal consequences.
Article by the Cole Lauterbach, for more INN News visit ILnews.org
Springfield Daily Radio – Mike Leheney Interview
In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Mike Leheney. Leheney is the Libertarian candidate for State Treasurer.
Our first topic was what exactly the Treasurer does, and how it differs from the comptroller. While he is in favor of consolidating what can be consolidated, Leheney opposed combining the two offices.
One of the Treasurer’s main jobs is to invest the state’s money. Although the state is behind on its bills and pension obligations, the state still has a large amount of money to invest. The current treasurer has taken criticism for “activist investing,” or investing to advance social goals in addition to profits. Leheney said that while seeking the highest returns is good, that does not mean the state cannot advance other long-term goals as part of its investing strategy.
Finally, we talked about the challenges that third parties, like the Libertarians, face in Illinois elections.
You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.
You can also learn more about Leheney and the other candidates for Treasurer on our Campaign Headquarters page.
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