With the Republican primary election two weeks away, Lake County Treasurer candidate Jeri Atleson has received two more sizable checks from conservative donors, state records indicate.
Her admittedly more moderate opponent, David Stolman, has reported a pair of healthy donations from different sources in recent weeks, too.
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Atleson is a Mundelein resident who serves on the Fremont Township board, while Stolman is from Buffalo Grove and serves on the Lake County Board.
According to the Illinois State Board of Elections records, Atleson's campaign got $1,000 from Family-PAC on Feb. 24. Family-PAC is a Chicago-based group that opposes taxes and abortion.
The week before, Team Atleson received $2,600 from Elizabeth Uihlein, a Lake Forest woman whose husband, Richard, has prolifically supported conservative candidates in Illinois and across the country.
The Uihleins, who own the Uline packaging supply company, also were involved with a fundraiser for Atleson at former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh's house in January.
Walsh, who lives in the Mundelein area, was a one-term Tea Party lawmaker who now has a radio talk show.
Atleson has described herself as a conservative who shares the Republican principles of lower taxes and smaller government.
"I think I'm getting support from conservatives because I'm the conservative Republican in the race," Atleson told the Daily Herald this week.
Atleson's campaign reported the two donations to the Illinois State Board of Elections because they were $1,000 or more. Donations smaller than $1,000 don't have to be reported until April, when quarterly reports are due.
The reports are public and viewable online at elections.state.il.us.
Atleson's campaign has received assistance from other prominent conservatives this year.
For example, shortly after the fundraiser at Walsh's home, Atleson's campaign received a $5,300 check from conservative activist and Barrington resident Jack Roeser, founder of the Family Taxpayers Foundation.
Unlike Atleson, Stolman describes his political stance as moderate but fiscally conservative.
He reported two relatively large donations in recent weeks.
On Feb. 19, Stolman's campaign received $1,000 from Wheeling resident Gerald Forsythe, CEO of the Indeck Companies and an auto-racing magnate, records show.
And on Jan. 31, he received $2,500 from Alexander D. "Sandy" Stuart, a Lake Forest investment adviser and the former president of the Lake County Republican Federation.
"They've been longtime contributors," Stolman said of the two supporters.
Stolman started 2014 with more than $49,888 in campaign funds.
Atleson lagged behind with $4,180 saved as of New Year's Day.
When asked if he'll have enough money for signs, fliers and ads during the final days of the race, Stolman confidently said, "I certainly do."
Atleson wasn't worried about her campaign coffers, either, saying she's been raising money and building grass-roots support.
"I feel that I'm in a very strong position between what I've raised and troops on the ground," she said.
The winner of the March 18 GOP primary will face Democrat Cynthia Plouche of Highland Park in November's general election. Plouche is running unopposed in her party's primary.
Republican incumbent Robert Skidmore isn't seeking re-election.