IL Gov. Candidates give millions to their own campaigns

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Illinois (KWQC)- It's hard to believe that the Illinois Gubernatorial Election is over a year away. Ads for candidates on both sides of the aisle have been airing for months.

All of those commercials must be paid by someone, and usually that turns out to be themselves.

According to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending in Illinois, both J.B. Pritzker and Governor Bruce Rauner have given millions to their own campaign committees.

Governor Rauner has raised $72,048,687.85 total for his campaign, $50,000,000 of that was from his own pocket. On December 20th, 2016 he gave his campaign committee "Citizens for Rauner Inc" that amount in a lump sum. He hasn't given any money since.

Democrat Businessman J.B. Pritzker has raised $28,208,540.91. He has given four $7,000,000 payments totaling $28,200,034.95 toward his own committee. That's almost 100% of the money he's raised.

Democrat Chris Kennedy has raised $2,839,081.95. $508,903.26 of that is from his own wallet.

Democrat Daniel Biss seems to be the only candidate with millions raised that hasn't given a lot himself. He's raised $3,530,512.52 and is not a top donor to his own campaign.

Money raised and spent in the race so far totals $106,748,389.81.

Primary election day in Illinois is March 20th, 2018. General election day is November 6th, 2018.