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

Cavanagh Law Group


Clifford Law Offices


Simmons Hanly Conroy


Cogan & Power



Cooney & Conway



Corboy & Demetrio



Gori, Julian & Associates


Hurley McKenna & Mertz



Keefe, Keefe & Unsell


Levin & Perconti



Meyers & Flowers

Saint Charles$182,500

Power Rogers & Smith PC


Romanucci & Blandin



Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard


Wise Morrissey Kaveny



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:

Friends of Michael J Madigan


Democratic Majority


Democratic Party of Illinois


Friends of Monica Bristow


Friends of Natalie Phelps Finnie


Friends of Jerry Costello II


Friends for Katie Stuart


Daniel Didech Campaign Committee


Citizens For Karina Villa


Citizens for Maggie Trevor


Friends of Joyce Mason


Friends of Mica Carnahan-Freeman


Friends to Elect Terra Costa Howard


Citizens for Kathleen Carrier


Friends of Lisa Dugan


Citizens for Mark Walker


Friends of Diane Pappas


Friends of Lance Yednock


Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Assn


Friends for Jennifer


Friends of Robyn Gabel


Citizens for Lou Lang


Friends of Laura Fine


Friends of Mike Zalewski


Friends of Jason Woolard


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Cooney & Conway Gori,Julian & Association Illinois State Board of Elections Simmons Hanly Conroy

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