Illinois House Ten Democratic hopeful Ilya Sheyman raised $180,000 in the fourth quarter, his campaign said Thursday, with more than $200,000 in cash on hand for the March 20 primary.
Chief rival Brad Schneider has not put out numbers yet; John Tree, who jumped in the contest in November, is reporting $101,000 for the fourth quarter. The winner will face Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.).
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WAUKEGAN, IL (January 19, 2012)--With polls showing Ilya Sheyman with a slight lead in the March 20 Democratic primary election, the Congressional candidate in Illinois' 10th District continues to gain steam, earning endorsements Wednesday night from the Lake County Federation of Teachers, Local 504, and the Libertyville Township Democrats, and announcing Thursday he raised over $430,000 in 2011.
The fourth quarter of 2011 was Sheyman's best fundraising period since launching his campaign last March, bringing in nearly $180,000 between October 1 and December 31. Sheyman said he has over $200,000 in cash on hand with just over two months before Election Day.
Perhaps most notably, however, Sheyman has now received contributions from more than 11,000 individual donors, giving him one of the largest donor bases of any Congressional candidate in the country.
"These fundraising numbers, paired with the new poll showing the voters overwhelmingly want a progressive candidate, show that we are entering the final stretch of this race in an excellent position to win the primary decisively--and to go on to beat Republican Robert Dold in November," said Campaign Manager Annie Weinberg.
In another sign of growing momentum, the Lake County Federation of Teachers, the largest union operating within the district, voted to endorse Sheyman Wednesday night, further solidifying his strong support among organized labor.
"From elementary and secondary teachers to support staff and education paraprofessionals, I'm proud to have the support of the 6,000 educators in the Lake County Federation of Teachers," said Sheyman. "They join a long list of working men and women who are wholeheartedly supporting our campaign to rebuild the middle class and restore the idea of the American Dream."
The Lake County Federation of Teachers is a member of the AFL-CIO affiliated Illinois Federation of Teachers, a state federation of the American Federation of Teachers, which is an organization of more than one million education professionals, public employees and health professionals headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Lake County Federation of Teachers President Mike McGue said the union chose to endorse Sheyman because "he is the only truly progressive candidate in the race, and the only candidate with a track record of standing up and fighting for the families in our communities."
"From his hard work with [education advocacy organization] A+ Illinois, organizing for improved funding for public schools all across the 10th District, to his walking the picket line with Zion-Benton teachers on strike just a few weeks ago, Ilya Sheyman has always been a steadfast voice for teachers," said Lake County Federation of Teachers President Mike McGue. "He's the only candidate in this race who has the organizing capacity to mobilize voters and beat Republican Robert Dold in November. We need him in Washington fighting for the needs of educators and other working people in Illinois."
Sheyman also received the endorsement of the Libertyville Township Democrats on Wednesday, a group representing a region of the 10th District that will be critical to the campaign's victory on March 20.
These are the latest endorsement for the Sheyman campaign, joining Illinois Democratic Congressmen Danny K. Davis and Jesse Jackson, Jr., Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, former Democratic National Committee Chair Gov. Howard Dean, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Waukegan Township Supervisor Patricia Jones, the 12,000 in-district members of MoveOn.org, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Americans for Democratic Action, Democracy for America, Blue America PAC, and the Council For a Livable World's Peace PAC, among others.