Competing candidates for State's Attorney hold $10 and $1,000 fund-raisers

Ann Knef Sep. 15, 2011, 9:43am



Alton attorney Amy Sholar jabbed Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons over a $1,000 per plate fund-raiser being held for him tonight at Porter's Restaurant in Collinsville.

Sholar is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Gibbons in the 2012 general election.

"As a sole practitioner who has helped hundreds of families through difficult legal times, I want to be the State's Attorney for all of the people – not just special interests and the well-connected who can write checks with lots of zeros," Sholar said in a press release.

The event for Gibbons also includes a $5,000 per person pre-event.

Gibbons said it was disingenuous for Sholar to criticize the pricetag for his fundraiser when she has received several contributions in the amount of $2,500.

Sholar formed a campaign committee in May and since then has received five $2,500 contributions, according to records at the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Gibbons was appointed State's Attorney in December to serve out the remaining term of William Mudge, who was elected circuit judge.

Since his campaign committee was formed in March, Gibbons has received seven $1,000 contributions.

In the meantime, Sholar said she is hosting a $10 per person fund-raising event at the Knights of Columbus in Bethalto tonight.

Sholar received her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law. She has worked for the Madison County State's Attorney's Office and for the City of Alton. For the past seven years Sholar has been in private practice. She resides in Godfrey with her two children.

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