Bob Romanik, a Republican candidate for state representative of District 114, which includes East St. Louis, O’Fallon and Shiloh, donated $125,000 to his campaign last week, according the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The donation is the first for his campaign and the largest one in the state for the week of Jan. 7 through Jan. 14, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, which tracks State Board data.
Romanik, the host of a local radio talk show, “On the Dark Side” on 1190 AM, said he planned to use at least $200,000 more of his own money on his campaign. He said he intends to donate to the Freedom Coalition, a political action committee which was founded almost a year ago, and to other candidates who run against what he described was a “culture of corruption” in the area.
Romanik, who has been critical of the Democratic Party in St. Clair County, also plans to use his money on radio commercials, billboards and mailers.
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Poking fun of what he considered were some bloated public salaries, he imagined what one mailer might say: “Discount — 100 percent off politicians’ salaries!” he said.
Romanik also filed papers on Jan. 8 that his campaign will be self-funded — similar to what GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has said.
Rep. Eddie Jackson currently holds the seat for District 114, but he is retiring after his term. Democrats are supporting LaToya Greenwood, who works as the director of human resources for the East St. Louis School District 189. She is the daughter of District 189 School Board president Lonzo Greenwood.
LaToya Greenwood’s campaign committee had no donations or expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015, but the St. Clair County Democrats are planning a reception for Greenwood on Feb. 10, the group wrote on its Facebook page.
Neither Romanik nor Greenwood have opposition in the primary. The general election is Nov. 8.
Here are other state office candidates from the region and their campaign totals at the end of December:
State Senator 56th District
- Democrat Bill Haine: $24,774.72
State Senator 58th District
- Democrat Sheila Simon: $25,245.75
- Republican Paul Schimpf: $48,990.42
- Republican Sharee Langenstein: $1,532.29
State Representative 107th District
- Republican John Cavaletto: $91,552.73
State Representative 108th District
- Republican Charles Meier: $55,471.33
State Representative 111th District
- Democrat Daniel Beiser: $458,666.89
State Representative 112th District
- Republican Dwight Kay: $46,587.99
- Democrat Katie Stuart: $0
State Representative 113th District
- Republican Katherine Ruocco: $200
- Democrat Jay Hoffman: $146,234.50
State Representative 116th District
- Democrat Jerry Costello: $87,679.92