Where are the big-money suburban races for Congress?

  • Nancy Rotering, left, and Brad Schneider, right, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District.

    Nancy Rotering, left, and Brad Schneider, right, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District.

  • From left, Deborah Bullwinkel, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Mike Noland are Democratic candidates in the 8th Congressional District.

    From left, Deborah Bullwinkel, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Mike Noland are Democratic candidates in the 8th Congressional District.

 
 
Updated 2/1/2016 5:55 PM

The suburbs are home to a few widely watched congressional primaries, and they come with a lot of cash.

The money involved can give a good early look at which local races for Congress will be the big ones as candidates position themselves for the March 15 primary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Candidates recently had to turn in their financial numbers for the end of 2015. Here's a look at who has raised the most cash.

Schneider vs. Rotering

In the last three months of 2015, former U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield raised more than Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering in his bid to again represent the North suburban 10th Congressional District. Schneider took in about $391,100 to Rotering's $164,400, according to campaign records from the two Democrats.

But Rotering finished the year with more cash in the bank, with more than $936,100 to spend compared to Schneider's $882,400, as she also gave her own campaign $100,000 more.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold of Kenilworth has more than both of them and no contested primary.

Dold finished the year with nearly $1.5 million in the bank after raising about $464,000 in the fourth quarter.

Big lead for Krishnamoorthi

In the Northwest suburban 8th Congressional District, Democratic businessman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg has a large money lead in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, who is running for U.S. Senate. Krishnamoorthi had $1.3 million in the bank at the end of the year.

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The second-time candidate for Congress raised about $451,200 in the last quarter of 2015, far more than his Democratic primary opponent state Sen. Mike Noland's $67,700 or Villa Park Mayor Deb Bullwinkel's $25,600.

Republican DuPage County Board member Peter DiCianni of Elmhurst raised $108,700 at the end of the year and reported having about $81,600 on hand.

GOP vs. Foster

Republicans in the 11th Congressional District vying to take on Democratic Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville have raised a little less.

Republican DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri of Aurora had about $256,500 in her campaign account as of the end of the year after raising $61,100 in its final months.

Republican Herman White of Naperville pulled in about $50,000 in the same time period and has about $22,000 on hand. And Nick Stella of Darien had about $43,800 in the bank at the end of the year, according to campaign reports

Foster has far more money -- $1.9 million at the end of the year, and no Democratic primary opponent in March.

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