You may have noticed there’s a lot of money being spent on the campaigns. That holds true for some judicial races in Illinois. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says the amount in a Southern Illinois appellate race, between Judy Cates and Stephen McGlynn, approaches $550,000, most of it for Cates. And that total accounts for one-third of all of the judicial campaigns in the state.
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David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, says it’s not necessarily a bad thing, adding Cates’ own law firm has contributed more than $60,000 to her campaign. He does say it’s good to know who is collecting money, and from whom. Southern Illinois also has a big-money retention race in the Bond-Madison circuit, with about $227,000 split among four judges seeking another term.