(SPRINGFIELD) The political money spent in state level campaigns has exceeded $2 billion. Candidates for Governor, Legislature, and other State Offices this year have brought in at least $2.2 billion in campaign contributions in Illinois, nearly matching the combined total of the $2.4 billion for candidates for the U.S. House and Senate. The numbers are making this year among the most expensive ever in state level politics and the total will only grow more in the final stretch before next Tuesday’s election day. By the way, Illinois leads all states with contributions made to candidates, followed by California, Texas, Florida, New York, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. While Democrats are spending more money in the federal elections, the spending is about even between Democrats and Republicans in Illinois’ state level elections. Illinois has the second most expensive race for Governor on record with $210 million spent so far. This year’s costliest race for Governor is down in Florida. The polls will be open from 6:00am to 7:00pm next Tuesday.
(SPRINGFIELD) It’s been announced that troops from ten (10) states, including Illinois, are set to be dispatched to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a caravan of Central American migrants heading north to America. The Defense Department says the troops will come from Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Colorado, both North and South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and Washington. At least 7,000 troops will be taking part in the border mission with about 2,000 National Guard members already dispatched. White House officials say the number of military troops deployed to the border could reach 15,000 if needed.
(SPRINGFIELD) Only 280 days left until the 2019 Illinois State Fair and special deals are now on sale as part of the State Fair’s annual holiday promotional campaign. Now through December 31, the Fair’s Mega Passes are on sale at $60 each, giving unlimited rides in the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village during all eleven days and nights. Also on sale are the Bargain Books, which includes eleven admission passes, plus Parking Passes and Discount Double Play Passes are also on sale. Logon at www.illinoisstatefair.info.