Green wave of Madigan, trial lawyer cash flowing into House races: Bristow, Costello and Stuart

By Ann Maher | Oct 31, 2018


Three local Democrat House members seeking re-election next week are among the top beneficiaries of campaign cash raining down from House Speaker Mike Madigan, whose interests in recent weeks have been showered with trial bar greenbacks.

Throughout the year, these local legislators have benefited directly or indirectly from Madigan's purse - Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton), $127,775; Rep. Jerry Costello, II (D-Red Bud), $88,800 and Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Collinsville), $72,225.

And two local firms are the biggest contributors among the top 15 trial lawyer-giving firms in the state - Simmons Hanly Conroy of Alton, $491,040; Gori Julian of Edwardsville, $449,574. Keefe, Keefe & Unsell made the list, but its contributions totaled only $34,275.

According to records from the Illinois State Board of Elections, most of the cash contributed for the year by the top 15 - funds that are making their way to Madigan candidates - has come in September and October: $2.6 million of $3.4 million for the year.


Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton)  

Simmons', which has been the most prolific filer of asbestos claims across the country, is the largest single source of contributions going toward Madigan-backed candidates or committees and Gori Julian, which has succeeded Simmons as the biggest asbestos filer, was the second greatest single source. 

Here are the top 15 trial lawyer firms and the amounts they have given to House Democrats and/or committees in alpha order:

2018 Total
BIG 15 FIRMSLOCATION$3,421,025

Cavanagh Law Group

Chicago$156,550

Clifford Law Offices

Chicago$306,600

Simmons Hanly Conroy

Alton$491,040

Cogan & Power

Chicago

$181,500

Cooney & Conway

Chicago

$169,950

Corboy & Demetrio

Chicago

$361,700

Gori, Julian & Associates

Edwardsville$449,574

Hurley McKenna & Mertz

Chicago

$156,300

Keefe, Keefe & Unsell

Belleville$34,275

Levin & Perconti

Chicago

$164,000

Meyers & Flowers

Saint Charles$182,500

Power Rogers & Smith PC

Chicago$237,061

Romanucci & Blandin

Chicago

$177,200

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

Waukegan$213,875

Wise Morrissey Kaveny

Chicago

$138,900

Campaign committees effectively controlled by Madigan have received $1.85 million - most of which was funneled last week. A complete look at beneficiaries of Madigan and amounts received:

COMMITTEETOTAL
Friends of Michael J Madigan

$469,500

Democratic Majority

$203,200

Democratic Party of Illinois

$158,800

Friends of Monica Bristow

$127,775

Friends of Natalie Phelps Finnie

$105,825

Friends of Jerry Costello II

$88,800

Friends for Katie Stuart

$72,225

Daniel Didech Campaign Committee

$66,600

Citizens For Karina Villa

$60,400

Citizens for Maggie Trevor

$60,400

Friends of Joyce Mason

$60,400

Friends of Mica Carnahan-Freeman

$60,400

Friends to Elect Terra Costa Howard

$60,400

Citizens for Kathleen Carrier

$49,300

Friends of Lisa Dugan

$45,000

Citizens for Mark Walker

$43,000

Friends of Diane Pappas

$38,500

Friends of Lance Yednock

$16,725

Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Assn

$15,000

Friends for Jennifer

$6,700

Friends of Robyn Gabel

$11,000

Citizens for Lou Lang

$10,000

Friends of Laura Fine

$6,700

Friends of Mike Zalewski

$5,000

Friends of Jason Woolard

$250

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