October 8

Illinois' only Supreme Court race, held in the farthest southern district, is the biggest race so far. In the first week of October, Judge Lloyd Karmeier has reported receiving $700,000 from the state Republican Party, and Judge Gordon Maag has reported $488,000 from the state Democratic Party. Since July 1, 2003, both candidates have combined fundraising of over $2 million; with over three weeks to go before Election Day, the previous record a Supreme Court general election has been shattered.