Candidates for state representative in the 112th House District raked in close to a half million dollars since July 1, according to financial disclosure statements reported yesterday.

State Rep. Jay Hoffman, incumbent Democrat from Collinsville vying for his ninth term, received a total of $241,069.08 in contributions. Hoffman is attempting to hold off a challenge from Republican Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon.

Hoffman's largest individual contribution has come from attorney Jeffrey Cooper who gave $10,000. The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education has so far given Hoffman $20,000.

Kay raised a total of $214,306.98 in the same period.

His biggest donations came from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce at $103,000 and JUSTPAC, the political action committee of the Illinois Civil Justice League, has given Kay $47,000.

Kay received $40,624 in individual contributions. His single largest contribution has come from Bruce and Diana Rauner of Winnetka at $25,000.

The financial disclosure reports do not list expenditures. Both candidates appear to be spending heavily in television commercials.

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