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Dan Hynes Stockpiles $3.5M Toward Possible Run For Governor

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Comptroller Daniel Hynes reported Monday that he has built up a campaign bankroll of $3.5 million as he considers challenging Gov. Pat Quinn in next year's Democratic primary.

Quinn said he had just $702,000 on hand, a reflection of the light fundraising he did as lieutenant governor, the post he held until six months ago.

Comparing the money they raised just during the first half of 2009, Hynes and Quinn were remarkably close. Hynes said he raised a little over $900,000 and Quinn put his total at $860,000.

A third potential Democratic candidate for governor, Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo, said he had $458,000 available after collecting $1.3 million over the past six months. His fundraising included a $150,000 loan from himself and $900,000 in donations from people who appear to be relatives.

Among the likely Republican candidates for governor, Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington led the way with $410,000 on hand, according to finance reports given to the state by Monday afternoon. Some candidates had yet to file their reports.

Illinois politicians were required to disclose Monday how much money they collected during the first six months of 2009, and where they got the money.

Hynes, now in his third term as comptroller, had not filed his official report by late Monday afternoon but offered a few numbers in an e-mail to supporters.

"Your unwavering commitment to our effort has and will continue to make a difference as we work to move Illinois forward," the e-mail said.

Hynes had been considering a run for attorney general until the incumbent, Democrat Lisa Madigan, announced she would seek another term. Now he is looking at other options, including challenging Quinn.

Quinn, who replaced the ousted Rod Blagojevich as governor in January, issued a news release saying he was encouraged by the financial support he has received.

"We are pleased by this success, and we will build on this strong foundation as we make the tough choices needed to put the Land of Lincoln back on the right track - both ethically and economically," Quinn said in the release.

On the Republican side, Brady's receipts of $351,000 included a loan of $101,000 from himself.

Robert Schillerstrom, the DuPage County Board chairman, took in $323,000. After expenditures, he was left with $132,000.

Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine raised just $21,000 and ended the reporting period with $39,600 available.

Public relations consultant Dan Proft raised $34,500 and loaned his campaign $67,000 but had only $16,600 on hand when the reporting period ended.

Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale had not filed Monday evening.

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On the Net: http://www.elections.state.il.us

-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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