Education groups spend big in 31st Senate race
By Bob Susnjara
Education-related organizations already are proving to be top donors to the candidates seeking a 31st Senate District seat in Lake County, campaign disclosure documents show.
Republican Joe Neal has received contributions from Stand for Children Illinois, an education reform group. Democrat Melinda Bush's donors include the Illinois Federation of Teachers union and its Lake County branch.
David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform watchdog group, said voters can learn much about candidates by seeing the sources of their money. He said groups typically research candidates and contribute to those who are like-minded on issues.