SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races with the help of a wealthy governor determined to upend the state's political establishment.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has contributed $16 million to fund GOP candidates in House and Senate races to try to loosen the Democrats' supermajorities in each chamber. Of that money, $13 million has already been disbursed to various candidates. That's four times what the Illinois Republican Party Committee spent on races in all of 2012.