* Bernie’s column includes a story about Republican US Senate hopeful and Springfield surgeon Tom Tarter and also has the money wrapup…
The other candidates are former Lake County Sheriff MARK CURRAN; PEGGY HUBBARD of Belleville, who served in the Navy and worked for the IRS; and perennial candidate ROBERT MARSHALL, a radiologist from Burr Ridge.
Federal Election Commission reports show that Tarter, in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, raised more than $32,000 on top of the [$50,000] loan to himself, and had more than $74,000 on hand at the close of the period. Hubbard had raised more than $43,000 and had about $21,000 on hand. Curran loaned himself $10,000, raised a total of nearly $20,000 more, and ended the period with more than $23,000. Marshall, at the end of June, had less than $22,000.
Whoever wins the GOP nomination in March is expecting to face Democrat U.S. Sen. DICK DURBIN, of Springfield, who is seeking another six-year term. From July through September, Durbin raised more than $1 million and ended the period with $3.8 million in his campaign fund.
Curran is supposed to be the frontrunner. That’s what he told us anyway.