CHRONICLE: Democratic gubernatorial candidates release 2017 fundraising numbers

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The candidates for governor have begun releasing fundraising numbers from the end of 2017 this week. Leading the pack is Democrat JB Pritzker who reported $21 million in receipts during the final three months of the year, primarily from the candidate himself.

In that period, Democrat Chris Kennedy raised just over $1 million, with cash on hand of $747,310, a number dwarfed by Pritzker’s nearly $8 million on hand. Meanwhile Democrat Daniel Biss filed with a similar haul of just over $1 million. However, his cash on hand available to spend in advance of the March primary totals $3.1 million.

Both Kennedy and Biss have recently launched their first ad campaigns, Kennedy just before the end of the year and Biss just after. Pritzker has had ads running for months.

Candidates file their next quarterly fundraising report for the period of January 1 – March 31 between April 1 and 16. They are however required to release any contribution over $1,000 within a 48-hour period between February and March.

The primary will be held on March 20.

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