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McSweeney-Beaubien contest most expensive House race, watchdog says

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Four of the five most expensive Illinois House races were in the northwest and western suburbs with eight statewide exceeding the $1 million fundraising mark, a government watchdog group reported Tuesday.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform found the open, far northwestern 52nd House District pitting Republican David McSweeney against Independent Dee Beaubien stood as the most expensive race among all House contests, totaling $1.6 million.

Next on the group's list was the open, northwest suburban 55th House District, where Democratic Des Plaines Mayor Martin Moylan and Republican Susan Sweeney collectively raised $1.4 million.

Third was the 77th House race between incumbent Republican state Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano (R-Elmwood Park) and Addison school board Kathleen Willis. Together, their campaigns took in $1.39 million.

The other suburban contest to round out the top five most expensive House contests pitted incumbent Rep. Sidney Mathias (R-Buffalo Grove) and Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) against one another in the 59th House District. They raised $1.34 million.

The complete rundown of the Campaign for Political Reform's analysis can be found here.

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