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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Illinois Planned Parenthood spends $600K to oust taxpayer-funded abortion opponents from state legislature


By LGIS News Service | Oct 16, 2018

The political arm of Illinois’ largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, has already spent nearly $600,000 this year across 24 competitive state House and Senate races, according to filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE).

In all 24 races, Planned Parenthood is supporting Democrats over Republicans through Personal PAC, its political action committee.

Top Planned Parenthood targets include state Reps. Peter Breen (R-Glen Ellyn), Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), and Christine Winger (R-Itasca); as well as state Sen. Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows).

The group has spent some $130,000 against Breen, an outspoken opponent of a new state law that enables Illinois Planned Parenthood to receive state tax dollars.

The law, signed in 2017, requires state taxpayers to pay for abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients. Critics argue the law incentivizes out-of-staters to come to Illinois for free, Illinois taxpayer-funded abortions.

In January, in response to the law, Planned Parenthood opened a new abortion clinic in south suburban Flossmoor, near the Indiana border. A second new abortion clinic opened in Skokie this year as well. 

In contrast, in 2014 Personal PAC spent $517,987 total on 16 House and Senate races, according to ISBE. 


Illinois Planned Parenthood goes on offense

Illinois House
DistrictTotal SpentRepublicanCityCountyDemocrat
48$127,812Peter Breen (i)LombardDuPageTerra Costa Howard
54$86,478Tom Morrison (i)PalatineCookMaggie Trevor
45$28,243Christine Winger (i)ItascaDuPageDiane Pappas
65$24,520Dan UgasteGenevaKaneRichard Johnson
62$11,772Ken IdsteinGrayslakeLakeSam Yingling (i)
97$21,198Mark Batinick (i)PlainfieldWillMica Freeman
49$17,050Tonia KhouriAuroraKaneKarina Villa
42$15,209Amy GrantWheatonDuPageKathleen Carrier
51$15,522Helene Miller WalshMundeleinLakeMary Edly-Allen
112$17,453Dwight KayGlen CarbonMadisonKatie Stuart (i)
71$18,263Tony McCombie (i)SavannaWhitesideJoan Padilla
68$22,496John Cabello (i)RockfordWinnebagoJake Castanza
61$30,921Sheri Jesiel (i)Winthrop HarborLakeJoyce Mason
56$6,693Jilian BernasSchaumburgCookMichelle Mussman (i)
17$30,694Peter LeeGlenviewCookJennifer Gong-Gershowicz
53$22,521Eddie CorriganArlington HeightsCookMark Walker
59$20,581Karen FeldmanLincolnshireLakeDaniel Didech
55$3,126Marilyn SmolenskiPark RidgeCookMarty Moylan
19$2,585Ammie KessemChicagoCookRobert Martwick (i)
46$2,514Jay KinzlerGlen EllynDuPageDeborah Conroy (i)
TOTAL: $525,652
Illinois Senate
DistrictTotal SpentRepublicanCityCountyDemocrat
27$42,062Tom Rooney (i)Rolling MeadowsCookAnn Gillespie
23$14,285Seth LewisBartlettDuPageTom Cullerton (i)
24$10,971Chris Nybo (i)ElmhurstDuPageSuzanne Glowiak
36$2,514Neil AndersonAndalusiaRock IslandGregg Johnson
TOTAL: $69,832
GRAND TOTAL: $595,484

(i) indicates incumbent

Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

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