Money continues to pour into Central Illinois legislative races

Octobr 26, 2010

From the Decatur Herald Review

By KENNETH LOWE - H&R Staff Writer Herald-Review.com

DECATUR - Central Illinois is fast becoming the battleground to watch in the state legislature as the Democrat and Republican parties unleash millions of dollars in campaign money on a handful of contested races including the $1.2 million race between state Rep. Bob Flider and his opponent, Adam Brown.

According to numbers gathered by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a watchdog group calling for ethics and campaign reform in Springfield, Central Illinois accounts for several of the top 10 most expensive races in both the Illinois House and Senate.

"It is stunning to me the number of races that have climbed over $1 million," Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Director Cindi Canary said Monday. "It certainly seems like this is one recession-proof election."