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The deadline for filing quarterly campaign finance reports with the Illinois State Board of Elections is a few days away, but several candidates have already filed, including Sixth Ward aldermanic candidates Thomas Suffredin and Katie Trippi.
Incumbent Ald. Suffredin raised twice as much money as Ms. Trippi, the challenger, and outspent her campaign by a factor of three and a half.
Friends of Tom Suffredin raised $27,955 and spent $19,381; Trippi for Evanston raised $14,593 and spent $5,350. Both committees have money left in their campaign coffers at the end of the March quarter.
Ald. Suffredin’s campaign was largely self-funded by a $9,000 loan and an $8,225 donation. Other significant contributions include $1,500 from Realtors PAC, a $500 transfer from the campaign committee “Jeff Smith for Evanston,” and $200 from Ninth Ward Alderman Cicely Fleming.
Significant contributions to Trippi for Evanston were from family members including $3,000 from political strategist Joe Trippi, Ms. Trippi’s ex-husband; and $1,000 from Laura Tucker and Pete Giangreco, Ms. Tucker’s sister and brother-in-law. Mayor Stephen Hagerty contributed $2,000 and Evanston Fireman Local 742 gave $600.
Mayor Hagerty also donated $5,000 to the PAC Evanston Together, which sent several mailers supporting Evanston aldermanic candidates including Ms. Trippi.
Campaign committees are required to file a quarterly report by the 15th of the month after the quarter ends.