Nursing homes are giving quite a bit: over $44,000 in reported contributions since July 1. In keeping with their historical pattern, most of this is to leadership, but they are also giving substantial amounts to senators who either aren’t on the ballot this year or who don’t have opponents in the general election, including State Sens. Risinger ($2,050), delValle ($2,750) and Trotter ($7,500). Giving to candidates with opponents has been more circumspect: Judge Lloyd Karmeier got $2,000, Rep. Kathy Ryg got $2,750, Rep. Elaine Nekritz got $500. The biggest recipient has been the Democratic Party of Illinois, which reports $20,000; DPI Chair Michael J. Madigan shows another $1,200.