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Schaumburg: Zinke steps up fundraising in sheriff's race

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When we last checked in on fundraising in the race for McHenry County sheriff, Bill Prim was top dog when it came to money in the bank.

That’s no longer the case now that third-quarter campaign disclosure papers have been filed. The position is up for election in November 2014.

At the end of the second quarter in June, Prim, a former Des Plaines police commander, had $36,069.34 in the bank after raising $7,195 in the second quarter. His opponent in the March Republican primary, McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke, had $26,760.38 after raising $14,925.

The independent candidate, former Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Harrison, had $12,082.81 after second-quarter fundraising netted $8,570.11.

Now that the third quarter has ended, Zinke has the most money in the bank – $33,693.76. Prim’s money-on-hand total has shrunk to $19,310.94.

Granted, Prim spent $19,123.40 compared with ZInke spending $12,819.62. But Zinke’s total receipts were $19,753 for the quarter, which is more than Prim spent. Prim’s receipts totaled $2,365.

Harrison has $9,979.83 on hand after raising $1,050 in the third quarter.

Among Zinke’s top individual contributors were Sage Products Vice President Vince Foglia ($2,000), Rabine Group CEO Gary Rabine ($1,150), Althoff Industries Vice President Christopher J. Bennett ($1,000), Breh Sales Ltd. ($1,000), Cabay & Company Director Kenneth G. Cabay ($1,000), Team REIL CEO John Cederlund ($1,000), The Duchossois Group Chairman Richard L. Duchossois ($1,000), McHenry County Treasurer Bill LeFew ($1,000), Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping President Kurt Moders ($1,000) and KRW Insurance President Pat Morehead ($1,000).

Earlier this week, as part of fourth-quarter fundraising, Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren gave Zinke’s campaign $1,061.23.

Prim’s largest third-quarter individual contribution was a pair of $500 donations – from Donald C. Stinespring & Associates and Mickey Schuch. Citizens to Elect Lou Bianchi also gave Prim $250.

Interestingly, Prim spent a little more than $331 on promotion on Facebook.

Harrison received one individual contribution – $1,000 from John Krenger.

Other third-quarter fundraising notes:

• State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi (R), who is not up for re-election until 2016, raised $26,150 in individual contributions, including $2,000 donations from Bulk Lift International in Carpentersville and Thomas Lee Cooper.

• State Rep. Jack Franks (D-63) raised $9,950 in individual contributions. Among the top individual donors to Franks: Chicago-based Globetrotters Engineering Corp. ($2,000), Alliance Contractors of Woodstock ($1,000) and The Roosevelt Group in Chicago ($1,000). He also received $1,200 from Realtor PAC – a pro-Realtor political action committee – and $1,000 from Dent IL PAC – Illinois State Dental Society’s political action committee. Franks has $10,870.33 on hand.

• Franks’ likely opponent in the general election – Republican Steven Reick – raised $4,898 in individual contributions, including $1,000 from Oak Brook physician Magdy Awad. Reick has $5,731.35 in the bank.

• McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill (R) received $4,400 in individual contributions, including $500 donations from Alliance Contractors in Woodstock, Todd and Lori Bright, Gavers Asphalt Paving & Excavating of Woodstock and Valley Aggregates of Woodstock. She also received $500 from Realtor PAC.

• Jason Schaumburg is editor of the Northwest Herald. He is way too prematurely making plans to travel to Phoenix to watch Northern Illinois University’s football team play in the Fiesta Bowl. Reach him at 815-459-4122 or via email at Follow him on Twitter at @Schaumy.

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