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Who are the biggest donors to these governor hopefuls? The candidates themselves.

Meet governor hopeful Bob Daiber

Bob Daiber is seeking the Democratic nomination to face Bruce Rauner in the 2018 election for governor.
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Bob Daiber is seeking the Democratic nomination to face Bruce Rauner in the 2018 election for governor.

Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican Bruce Rauner aren’t the only candidates for governor who are the primary funders for their campaigns.

Madison County resident Bob Daiber, a Democratic candidate for governor, is the main benefactor for his bid to be Illinois’ top executive.

According to records filed with the State Board of Elections, Daiber has loaned his campaign $60,000 so far, including $20,000 in the last quarter of 2017. In 2017, Daiber also made ‘in-kind donations’ to his campaign when he paid for more than $11,000 worth of gasoline and hotel costs.

Fundraising and expenditure reports for campaigns that have already formally formed committees were due by Tuesday for the last quarter of 2017. The reports were to be turned in to the State Board of Elections.

In a video called "I Choose To Fight," Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner explains why he's seeking a second term in the governor's mansion.

Daiber said a lot of expenses were just the investment needed to gather signatures to get on the ballot.

He acknowledged the struggles in raising money and didn’t anticipate needing to loan his campaign this much money.

“We thought we would do better with support of contributions. We’re continuing to work on raising funds, but the success of fundraising has been tough,” Daiber said. “No, I wasn’t anticipating, but I said I would do what I have to do to stay in the race because of the commitment I made to so many people.”

Chris Kennedy, a democrat running for governor, discusses issues important to the metro-east and Southern Illinois.

He has raised more than $33,000 for his campaign, mostly from donors in the metro-east, with the median donation being $200.

“We tried to raise money elsewhere. We’re not successful with being able to raise money in Chicago, where some of the bigger money is. You have to realize there’s (five) other candidates up here, too,” Daiber said. “We thought we’d be better in fundraising locally than what we did, but we did not.”

Daiber is one of six candidates running for the Democratic nomination in the March 20 primary, with hopes of moving on to to the November general election.

J.B. Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire investor and candidate for Illinois governor running as a Democrat, speaks about why he believes people in Southern Illinois should support him and why he thinks he can work with House Speaker Mike Madigan. Pri

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker has been getting many endorsements, including from unions, as well as from the St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee, and metro-east legislators.

Robert Marshall, a doctor from Burr Ridge, also has been using his own resources. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Marshall loaned his campaign $29,000, according to state records.

Tio Hardiman, who again is trying to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination after a failed attempt in 2014, brought in about $1,500 during the last quarter of 2017.

Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks about Speaker Mike Madigan and issues facing the metro-east.

State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, who is also seeking his party’s nomination for governor, raised $1.095 million in the last quarter of 2017. He was able to start airing television advertisements recently to go along with his digital ads.

Chris Kennedy, another Democratic gubernatorial candidate, raised $1.04 million during the fourth quarter, but he only had $737,000 cash on hand at the end of the quarter. He began advertising on television in November. He is a son of Robert Kennedy.

By the end of last year, Kennedy had put in $750,000 of his own money into his campaign for governor, plus an additional $24,000 of in-kind donations. On Wednesday, he put in an addition $250,000, according to State Board of Elections records.

Pritzker has put $42.2 million of his own money so far into his campaign and hasn’t raised money from outside sources. His financial wealth is seen as an advantage if he wins the Democratic nomination, as he would cancel out Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s wealth. Rauner has put $50 million of his own money into his re-election campaign.

Rauner also raised $2.9 million during the last three months of 2017.

Pritzker and Rauner have already been on the air advertising their campaigns.

In the fourth quarter, Pritzker spent more than $13 million. Rauner listed $12.8 million in expenditures.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, who is challenging Rauner for the Republican nomination, raised $433,000 during the last quarter of the year and ended the quarter with $662,000 in the bank.

Rauner’s financial advantage over Ives is translating into a polling lead, according to a survey conducted by We Ask America. Rauner leads Ives 64.6 percent to 20.5 percent of likely voters.

The poll found Ives has a name-recognition problem, as 68.4 percent of voters have never heard of her.

“Over the last two months, her name recognition has only improved in tiny increments — especially downstate,” We Ask America said in its analysis. “With the game clock continuing to tick down, Ives must introduce herself and convince voters that she is the better choice if she has any chance. That’s going take a lot of money and time. The governor will always have a huge advantage on the financial side. And now, time is on Mr. Rauner’s side.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

Fourth-quarter fundraising reports for local races

These tables show the amount of money raised, in-kind contributions received and cash on hand for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to fundraising reports from each candidate’s campaign.

57th State Senate District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Bob Romanik (R)

$50,000

Did not report

Did not report

Tanya Hildenbrand (R)

Did not report

Did not report

Did not report

Christopher Belt (D)

$1,225

$0

$2,013

56th State Senate District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Hal Patton (R)

$0

$0

$4,638

Rachelle Aud Crowe (D)

$122,625

$1,875

$134,583

54th State Senate District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

George Barber (R)

Did not report

Did not report

Did not report

Rafael Him (R)

$600

$930

$600

Ben Stratemeyer (R)

$6,961

$0

$160

Jason Plummer (R)

$76,790

$0

$70,610

113th State House District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Doug Jameson (R)

$10,487

$300

$17,198

Jay Hoffman (D)

$617,944

$0

$786,685

114th State House District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Jason Madlock (R)

Did not report

Did not report

Did not report

LaToya Greenwood (D)

$18,751

$0

$22,865

112th State House District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Wendy Erhart (R)

$7,375

$7,890

$8,799

Dwight Kay (R)

$8,775

$0

$25,479

Katie Stuart (D)

$116,567

$0

$135,559

111th State House District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Mike Babcock (R)

$3,878

$2,000

$8,089

Monica Bristow (D)

$12,500

$0

$13,500

108th State House District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Charlie Meier (R)

$19,220

$6,615

$41,938

Don Moore (R)

Did not report

Did not report

Did not report

107th State House District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

Blaine Wilhour (R)

$2,670

$0

$1,104

Laura Myers (R)

$11,919

$0

$11,892

David Seiler (D)

Did not report

Did not report

Did not report

116th State House District

Candidate

Amount raised

In-kind contributions

Cash on hand

David Friess (R)

$1,300

$0

$3,841

Jerry Costello II (D)

$129,699

$11

$171,922

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