Hylla raises about $23K - nearly equal to that raised by all others on retention ballot

By Bethany Krajelis | Jul 17, 2012


Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla raised almost the same amount of individual contributions that the three other local judges seeking retention received collectively between April 1 and June 30, records show.

In his quarterly report filed Monday night with the Illinois State Board of Elections, Hylla's campaign committee reported receiving about $23,185 in individual contributions during the three month period.

That amount falls only $55 short of the total amount raised by Chief Judge Ann Callis and Circuit Judges Barbara Crowder and John Knight, all of whom are running alongside Hylla to keep their seats in the General Election.

Knight's committee raised about $10,715, followed by Callis at $10,000 and Crowder at $2,525, amounts that include both itemized and non-itemized donations. These three judges raised a total of about $23,240.

Hylla's campaign committee, "Citizens for Dave Hylla," reported having $20,920.54 on April 1 and $16.834.26 when the three month reporting period ended on June 30. It received $11,650 in itemized contributions and $11,535 in non-itemized contributions, according to the committee's report.

Contributions or expenditures that are $150 or less don't have to be itemized under Illinois law. In addition to the contributions, Hylla's committee reported receiving $2,125 in itemized and non-itemized transfers, bringing its total receipts for the quarter to $25,310.

Hylla's committee reported 34 itemized individual contributions totaling $11,650 in its report. While the largest donation -$3,300- made to the committee came from Leonard Hylla of Granite City, records show that the 33 other donations ranged from $150 to $500.

Lanny Darr of Godfrey, as well as the Short & Smith law firm in Wood River and Schrempf, Kelly, Nappy & Darr in Alton, each donated $500 to Hylla's campaign. Daniel and Nicole Nester of St. Louis followed with a $400 donation. Lucco, Brown, Threlkeld & Dawson of Edwardsville also contributed $400 in two separate donations.

Callis, who is running her own reelection campaign, contributed $300 to Hylla's committee. Her father, attorney Lance Callis of Granite City, donated $250 and Joan Callis of St. Louis contributed $200 to Hylla's committee, records show.

Besides Callis, Hylla's committee reported receiving two $300 donations from Deirdre Durborow, a Fairview Heights attorney, and Central States Liquidation, Inc. in Missouri.

It also reported receiving six $250 contributions from Brad and Mary Badgley of Belleville, David and Kimberly Galanti of Bethalto, Edwardsville attorney Stephen Mudge and his wife, Brenda Ludwig, the Perica Law Firm in Edwardsville and Randy Gori and Barry Julian, both of Gori Julian & Associates in Edwardsville.

In addition, Hylla's committee report shows that it received at least 16 $200 donations. The law firms that each contributed $200 to Hylla include Bonifield & Rosenstengel in Belleville, John J. Hopkins & Associates in Alton, Lueders, Robertson & Konzen in Granite City, the Meyer Law Firm in Alton and Scroggins Law Office in Edwardsville.

Records also show that Madison County Circuit Clerk Judy Nelson of Collinsville contributed $200 to Hylla's campaign.

Referring to the non-itemized contributions received, Robert Stephan, a spokesperson for Hylla's campaign, said "Judge Hylla's campaign is proud to have broad based support from 267 individual contributors who on average have contributed less than 100."

Contributions aside, Hylla's committee reported $8,602.78 in itemized and non-itemized expenditures between April 1 and June 30. That amount includes two payments totaling $4,380.97 to Robert Stephan of Alton for consulting, as well as costs associated with printing, mailing, food and entertainment for fundraising.

His committee's quarterly report shows that it has one debt with a balance of $7,500 to Hylla.

Records show that Knight followed Hylla for raising the most contributions in the three month reporting period out of the four Madison County judges seeking retention.

Knight's committee, "Citizens for Knight," reported receiving three individual contributions that total $10,565, including two from Knight totaling $10,065. The remaining $500 came from John Gillard of Greenville.

Callis' committee, "Citizens for Callis," only reported receiving one contribution during the three month period. It was from Callis, who personally donated $10,000. Crowder's committee, "Friends for Barbara Crowder," reported receiving about $1,450 in itemized individual contributions, as well as $1,075 in non-itemized contributions for a total of about $2,525.

More information about the quarterly reports filed by Knight, Callis and Crowder can be found in a July 16 story in the Madison County Record, "Three Madison County judges raise $22,000 for retention campaigns; Most money came from candidates."

That story did not include the non-itemized contribution to Crowder's committee, which is why it lists the total amount raised by the trio as about $22,000.

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