Political parties see opportunity, pour money into open state Senate 31 race
Oct 29, 2012 4:44 PM - With the seat open, the 31st state Senate race to replace Republican Suzi Schmidt has drawn great interest from the respective parties. Between them, Democrat Melinda Bush and Republican Joe Neal have raised more than $1 million. "This is a targeted race," said Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois Springfield. "The legislative leaders ... have taken an interest in the race so you have a lot of money," being contributed.