Illinois: It’s All Greek — Members Give to Giannoulias

Posted October 21, 2009 at 6:39pm

Rep. Zack Space’s (D-Ohio) political action committee cut a $2,250 check to Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias’ (D) bid for Senate, according to reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission.

While Giannoulias has been endorsed by several Members in the Illinois delegation, Space is one of the first Members from outside of the state to give money to his campaign.

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), who is also of Greek heritage, gave Giannoulias’ campaign $2,000 in March.

Giannoulias is running in a competitive primary for President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat with former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman and former Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Robinson Jackson.

Rep. Mark Kirk is the GOP’s likely Senate nominee.

Cross Drops GOP Bid In Foster’s 14th District

Former Aurora Alderman Bill Cross announced this week that he is dropping his bid for the GOP nomination to run against Rep. Bill Foster (D).

Cross told a local newspaper that he was getting out of the race because two other candidates, businessman Jim Purcell and state Sen. Randy Hultgren, announced they are running for the GOP nod in the past few weeks. Attorney Ethan Hastert (R), the son of former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), announced his campaign much earlier this year.

“The main thing is to remove [Rep. Bill] Foster,— Cross told the Beacon-News. “If someone with a resume wants to do that, then that takes the responsibility off of me.—