At Madigan's request, personal injury lawyers back Costello with $88,800
State Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton) received $88,800 in campaign contributions from personal injury lawyers at the direction of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Among the state's trial law firms, 15 gave $3.4 million to campaigns this year, with $2.6 million of that arriving over the last 60 days and funneled to Madigan-backed candidates, according to records from the Illinois State Board of Elections,
Madigan has been pouring money into various Democrat House races through the campaign funds he controls, including his own committee, Friends of Michael J. Madigan, the Illinois Democratic Party and the Democratic County Chairman’s Association of Illinois.
Alton-based Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the most prolific filers of asbestos claims in the U.S., is the largest single source of contributions from law firms going toward Madigan-backed candidates or committees; and Gori Julian in Edwardsville was the second greatest single source of campaign money among the state’s law firms.
Costello is running against Republican David Friess in the 116 House District. In all, Madigan has contributed $677,189 to Costello’s campaign this election cycle.
The district covers all or part of Chester, Columbia, Du Quoin, Pinckneyville, Red Bud, Sparta and Waterloo.
Candidate Campaign Contributions from Personal Injury Lawyers
|Jerry Costello II||Smithton||$88,800|
|Daniel Didech||Buffalo Grove||$66,600|
|Karina Villa||West Chicago||$60,400|
|Maggie Trevor||Rolling Meadows||$60,400|
|Terra Costa Howard||Glen Ellyn||$60,400|
|Kathleen Carrier||Carol Stream||$49,300|
|Mark Walker||Arlington Heights||$43,000|
Campaign Contributions by the Top 15 Trial Lawyer Firms
|Cavanagh Law Group||$156,550||Chicago|
|Clifford Law Offices||$306,600||Chicago|
|Simmons Hanly Conroy||$491,040||Alton|
|Cogan & Power||$181,500||Chicago|
|Cooney & Conway||$169,950||Chicago|
|Corboy & Demetrio||$361,700||Chicago|
|Gori, Julian & Associates||$449,574||Edwardsville|
|Hurley McKenna & Mertz||$156,300||Chicago|
|Keefe, Keefe & Unsell||$34,275||Belleville|
|Levin & Perconti||$164,000||Chicago|
|Meyers & Flowers||$182,500||Saint Charles|
|Power Rogers & Smith PC||$237,061||Chicago|
|Romanucci & Blandin||$177,200||Chicago|
|Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard||$213,875||Waukegan|
|Wise Morrissey Kaveny||$138,900||Chicago|