At Madigan's request, personal injury lawyers back Freeman with $60,400
Plainfield state House candidate Mica Freeman received $60,400 in campaign contributions from personal injury lawyers at the direction of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Among the state's trial law firms, 15 gave $3.4 million to campaigns this year, with $2.6 million of that arriving over the last 60 days and funneled to Madigan-backed candidates, according to records from the Illinois State Board of Elections,
Madigan has been pouring money into various Democrat House races through the campaign funds he controls, including his own committee, Friends of Michael J. Madigan, the Illinois Democratic Party and the Democratic County Chairman’s Association of Illinois.
Alton-based Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the most prolific filers of asbestos claims in the U.S., is the largest single source of contributions from law firms going toward Madigan-backed candidates or committees; and Gori Julian in Edwardsville was the second greatest single source of campaign money among the state’s law firms.
Freeman is running against Republican Mark Batinick in the 97th House District. In all, Madigan has contributed $646,544 to Freeman's campaign this election cycle.
The district covers all or part of Oswego, Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Joliet.
Candidate Campaign Contributions from Personal Injury Lawyers
|Jerry Costello II||Smithton||$88,800|
|Daniel Didech||Buffalo Grove||$66,600|
|Karina Villa||West Chicago||$60,400|
|Maggie Trevor||Rolling Meadows||$60,400|
|Terra Costa Howard||Glen Ellyn||$60,400|
|Kathleen Carrier||Carol Stream||$49,300|
|Mark Walker||Arlington Heights||$43,000|
Campaign Contributions by the Top 15 Trial Lawyer Firms
|Cavanagh Law Group||$156,550||Chicago|
|Clifford Law Offices||$306,600||Chicago|
|Simmons Hanly Conroy||$491,040||Alton|
|Cogan & Power||$181,500||Chicago|
|Cooney & Conway||$169,950||Chicago|
|Corboy & Demetrio||$361,700||Chicago|
|Gori, Julian & Associates||$449,574||Edwardsville|
|Hurley McKenna & Mertz||$156,300||Chicago|
|Keefe, Keefe & Unsell||$34,275||Belleville|
|Levin & Perconti||$164,000||Chicago|
|Meyers & Flowers||$182,500||Saint Charles|
|Power Rogers & Smith PC||$237,061||Chicago|
|Romanucci & Blandin||$177,200||Chicago|
|Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard||$213,875||Waukegan|
|Wise Morrissey Kaveny||$138,900||Chicago|