November 1

Supreme Court Race Summary:

What with the elaborate shell games on both sides, it can be hard to follow the money. Here's a summary:

Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Karmeier (R-5th):The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given $2.3 million for Karmeier's campaign, mostly through the Illinois Republican Party ($2 million) and the Illinois Civil Justice League ($200K). The American Tort Reform Association has given $420K for Karmeier's campaign, mostly through the Illinois Civil Justice League ($385K) and the Manufacturers ($36K). The Illinois Coalition for Jobs, Growth and Prosperity PAC has also sent funds Karmeier's way, giving $150K through JUSTPAC and $8K directly. For the general election, Karmeier has reported raising $4.2 million .

Appellate Court Justice Gordon Maag (D-5th)Trial lawyers have given at least $2.5 million to Justice Maag's campaign, mostly through the Democratic Party (at least $2 million) and the Justice for All PAC (at least $500K). For the general election, Maag has reported raising $3.5 million.