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Far-left Illinois donors prioritize Foxx, Newman in March primaries

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By LGIS News Service | Feb 13, 2020

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ook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx of Flossmoor and congressional hopeful Marie Newman of Palos Park

Illinois’ most prolific left-leaning donors are prioritizing two candidates this primary season: Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx of Flossmoor and congressional hopeful Marie Newman of Palos Park.

Foxx and Newman have 58 Illinois campaign donors in common, including members of several wealthy Illinois families known for supporting left-wing candidates and causes, according to an analysis of campaign finance records by South Cook News.

State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and her husband, political activist Leo Smith are among the top donors to both Foxx and Newman.

As of Dec. 31, 2019, the couple had donated $41,600 to Foxx and $10,800 to Newman.

Smith gave Foxx another $50,000 on Feb. 7, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Steans is the daughter of late banking magnate Harrison I. Steans of Lake Forest.

Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm and his family have given Foxx $27,200 and Newman $13,500.

Bluhm owns Rivers Casino in Des Plaines as well as stakes in Chicago’s 900 N. Michigan building, the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox.

Other Foxx-Newman donors include:

• Leon D. Finney, a Chicago community organizer turned real estate developer who stands accused of fraud after his company filed for bankruptcy in 2018.

• Elzie Higginbottom, a Chicago real estate developer specializing in government-subsidized housing.

• Joan M. Hall of Chicago, a retired Jenner & Block partner.

• Leonard C. Goodman, Chicago criminal defense attorney and co-owner of the left-wing Chicago Reader

• Fay Hartog-Levin (Winnetka), attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands under President Barack Obama

• Former Illinois State Senator Carol Ronen (D-Chicago)

• Willis Towers Watson Managing Partner and Illinois State Board of Higher Education Chairman John M. Atkinson of Burr Ridge

List of donors who have provided campaign donations to both to Foxx and Newman

Donor

NewmanFoxx
HeatherASteansChicago$8,100$30,800
NeilGBluhmChicago$5,400$11,000
JohnMAtkinsonBurr Ridge$5,000$4,000
Leslie

BluhmChicago$2,700$5,400
AndrewGBluhmWinnetka$2,700$5,400
MeredithABluhm-WolfChicago$2,700$5,400
DavidAHelfandChicago$2,700$5,400
Judith

Levin-SensibarChicago$2,700$750
LeoASmithChicago$2,700$10,800
Frederique

Hartog- LevinWinnetka$2,500$2,000
ElzieL.HigginbottomChicago$2,000$5,350
MarcenaWLoveWinnetka$2,000$2,000
JudsonHMinerChicago$2,000$2,500
BettyluKSaltzmanChicago$2,000$9,000
HowardJSwibelSkokie$1,750$1,500
LoisIBarliantChicago$1,600$350
PrudenceRBeidlerLake Forest$1,500$9,000
LeonardCGoodmanChicago$1,500$8,650
JuliaMStaschChicago$1,500$5,000
Robert

WeissbourdChicago$1,500$2,000
GraceANewtonChicago$1,250$3,500
MarkAZivinEvanston$1,160$600
KimballRAndersonChicago$1,000$2,500
Jodi

BlockChicago$1,000$5,400
JoanMHallChicago$1,000$8,001
Clark

PellettChicago$1,000$1,000
Oren

Irving JacobsonGlenview$938$1,750
LucyBAscoliChicago$750$1,000
ElizabethAAustinOak Park$750$600
Julie

HamosChicago$750$450
Linda

LovingChicago$750$200
Laura

TuckerEvanston$750$3,000
EileenJDordekChicago$625$500
PatrickECrokeChicago$550$1,500
Fay

ClaytonEvanston$500$1,800
LynnGCutlerChicago$500$750
DavidKIgasakiChicago$500$665
MiriamAKalichmanChicago$500$300
JaniceERodgersChicago$500$500
BonnieMFry RothmanChicago$500$1,250
StevenCStearnsChicago$500$500
JudyAWiseChicago$500$1,000
Michael

RothmanChicago$350$250
Heidi

RudolphWestern Springs$300$500
RobinDShoffnerChicago$300$300
LindaTCoberlyOak Park$250$250
AminaJDickersonChicago$250$500
LeonDFinneyChicago$250$3,000
Deborah

FranczekChicago$250$1,500
Aviva

FutorianChicago$250$500
JenniferAPopeChicago$250$200
CarolJRonenChicago$250$500
RebeccaASiveChicago$250$250
Merrill

Hewson SmithChicago$250$500
GeorgeAWilliamsNaperville$250$1,000
*Source: Illinois State Board of Elections; Federal Election Commission

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