Money not flowing into Lake Co.'s 15th District race
The three candidates running for the 15th District seat on the Lake County Board haven't exactly been lighting the world on fire when it comes to fundraising.
Incumbent Republican Carol Calabresa collected a total of $106 in donations during the first six months of 2010, state records showed.
Her Democratic opponent, Delfino "Del" Parra, collected more than $12,000 during the same period, but most of that consisted of two loans he personally made to the campaign, his state disclosure form showed.
Finally, Green Party challenger David Serdar didn't collect enough campaign cash to warrant filing a disclosure report.
Candidates for local, county or state political office who raise or spend $3,000 on their campaigns must file campaign disclosure reports with the Illinois State Board of Elections twice a year.
The most recent disclosure reports were filed this month and cover receipts and expenditures made between Jan. 1 and June 30. They are viewable online at elections.state.il.us.
The county board doubles as the Lake County Forest Preserve District Board. District 15 includes the Libertyville area.
Calabresa, 66, of Libertyville, is one of the board's most senior members, having served on the panel since 1986.
Her state disclosure form listed $100 in non-itemized donations and $6 in other receipts. The sources of those donations were not included in the report; donations under $150 from one source in a reporting period do not need to be described in detail on the forms.
Calabresa started the year with $721 in her campaign fund. She spent about $7 on unspecified expenses, leaving her with about $820 at the end of June.
Calabresa's campaign committee also owes the candidate $6,089 for loans dating back to 1992.
Lake County Board races typically are low-cash affairs, often funded in the five-figure range. But Calabresa said she's planning to seek out more campaign cash this summer and fall.
She and other Republicans on the county board are concerned the Democratic Party is going to throw a lot of money and energy at the county board races in an effort to wrest majority control from the GOP for the first time.
Thirteen Republicans and 10 Democrats now serve on the board. If the Democrats pick up two seats on Election Day in November, they'll have the majority.
Parra, a 62-year-old Libertyville resident, unsuccessfully challenged Calabresa when she last won election in 2006.
He started 2010 with no cash on hand and collected $2,313 in non-itemized donations. He also collected $135 in unidentified transfers from other political groups, and he reported receiving $500 from Chicago philanthropist Susan Pritzker.
Parra, the director of Diamond Lake Elementary District 76's family resource center, said he met Pritzker and her well-known family when he lived and worked in Chicago.
Parra loaned the campaign $9,760 in June, his disclosure report showed.
He spent about $734 on the campaign during the first half of the year, leaving him with $12,070 in the bank.
Parra said he expects to raise $15,000 to $17,000 for the race.
"I believe we need a change in my district and in the county," he said. "I believe that I'm going to win."
Serdar, a 55-year-old Libertyville resident who is unemployed, is making his first bid for public office.
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