Election Money

Bulk Data from the Illinois State Board of Elections

Interested in money in Illinois politics? Below are bulk downloads of Illinois campaign contributions and expenditures from the Illinois State Board of Elections going back to 1994. Read more »

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What's in the data?

We provide six different sets of Illinois campaign finance data from 1994 to present, broken down by year:

Read more about reporting requirements and data quality.

Registered candidates

Political candidates registered in Illinois. Includes any person who seeks nomination for election, election to, or retention in public office, or any person who seeks election as ward or township committeeman in Cook County. Updated once a week on Tuesdays.

Field Description
ID Candidate ID given by the Illinois State Board of Elections
CommitteeID Illinois State Board of Elections Committee ID for a committee in support of the candidate. There is often more than one committee in support of a candidate and more than one candidate listed for a given committee. In this file, there is one record for each instance of a candidate/committee combination.
PartyName Political party
OfficeName Name of office candidate is running for
FullName Candidate’s full name
FullAddress Full address listed for candidate
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Registered political committees

Political committees registered in Illinois. Includes candidate political committees, political party committees, political action committees, independent-expenditure-only PACs, and ballot initiative committees. Updated once a week on Tuesdays.

Field Description
id Committee ID given by the Illinois State Board of Elections
CmteReferName Used by the Illinois State Board of Elections internally to identify the committee
StateCmte Boolean flag indicating whether the committee is a state level committee
StateID State level committee ID
LocalCmte Boolean flag indicating whether the committee is a local level committee
LocalID Local level committee ID
Address1 Mailing address line 1 of committee
Address2 Mailing address line 2 of committee
Address3 Mailing address line 2 of committee
City Mailing city of committee
State Mailing state of committee
Zip Mailing zip code of committee
Status Either "F" for final (meaning no longer active) or "A" for active
StatusDate Effective date of the listed status
TypeOfCommittee Type of committee: Political Action, Political Party or Candidate (is available)
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Committee officers

Officers for each committee. Each political committee must have both a chairman and a treasurer. One person may hold both positions. A candidate may serve as his own chairman and treasurer. No financial transactions may take place while there is a vacancy in either office. Updated once a week on Tuesdays.

Field Description
id Officer ID given by the Illinois State Board of Elections
committee_id ID of the committee they are an officer of
name Officer name
title Officer title. Typically Treasurer or Chairman
address Mailing address of the officer
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Itemized campaign contributions

Itemized contributions to political committees in Illinois. Includes any gift, subscription, donation, dues, loan, advance, deposit of money, anything of value, purchase of fundraising ticket, or transfer of funds knowingly received to support or oppose a candidate or proposition. Read more about what gets reported. Updated daily.

Field Description
CommitteeID ID of the committee the contribution was given to
LastOnlyName Individual last name or organization name of contributor
FirstName First name of contributor
RcvDate A contribution is deemed received on the date (i) a monetary contribution was deposited in a bank, financial institution, or other repository of funds for the committee, (ii) the date a committee receives notice a monetary contribution was deposited by an entity used to process financial transactions by credit card or other entity used for processing a monetary contribution that was deposited in a bank, financial institution, or other repository of funds for the committee, or (iii) for inkind contributions, possession of which is not actually obtained by the recipient committee, the public official, candidate, or political committee receives the notification of contribution of goods or services.
Amount Contribution amount
LoanAmount If RctType is 'Loan Received', the amount of the loan.
Occupation Occupation of contributor
Employer Employer of contributor
Address1 Mailing address line 1 of contributor
Address2 Mailing address line 2 of contributor
City Mailing city of contributor
State Mailing state of contributor
Zip Mailing zip code of contributor
RctType Type of contribution. Individual Contribution, In-kind Contribution, Transfer In, Loan Received or Other Receipt
Description Description of contribution
VendorLastOnlyName If the contribution was an in-kind donation by a vendor, the individual last name or organization name of the vendor
VendorFirstName First name of vendor
VendorAddress1 Mailing address line 1 of vendor
VendorAddress2 Mailing address line 2 of vendor
VendorCity Mailing city of vendor
VendorState Mailing state of vendor
VendorZip Mailing zip code of vendor
RptType Report type. A-1, Final or Quarterly
ElectionType Typically blank
ElectionYear Typically blank
RptPdBegDate Report period begin date
RptPdEndDate Report period end date
RptRcvdDate Date report was received
CmteReferName Used by the Illinois State Board of Elections internally to identify the committee
CmteName Name of the committee the contribution was given to
StateCmte True or False
StateID
LocalCmte True or False
LocalID
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Itemized campaign expenditures

Itemized expenditures by political committees in Illinois. Any payment, distribution, purchase, loan, advance, deposit, gift of money or anything of value, or any transfer of funds between political committees, made to support or oppose a candidate or proposition. The definition also includes an electioneering communication. Read more about what gets reported. Updated daily (though the data is released quarterly).

Field Description
CommitteeID ID of the committee the contribution was given to
LastOnlyName Individual last name or organization name of expenditure recipient
FirstName Individual first name of expenditure recipient
ExpendedDate Date the expenditure was made
Amount Expenditure amount
Address1 Mailing address line 1 of recipient
Address2 Mailing address line 2 of recipient
City Mailing city of recipient
State Mailing state of recipient
Zip Mailing zip code of recipient
ExpType Expenditure type. Expenditure, Transfer Out, 9B or Loan Made
Purpose Purpose of expenditure
Beneficiary The candidate or political committee deemed to have received the benefit from an expenditure.
CandidateName Name of candidate affiliated with the committee
Office Seeking office of candidate. Typically blank
Supporting True if the committee is supporting the candidate or ballot initiative
Opposing True if the committee is opposing the candidate or ballot initiative
RptType Report type. Quarterly or Final
ElectionType Typically blank
ElectionYear Typically blank
RptPdBegDate Report period begin date
RptPdEndDate Report period end date
CmteReferName Used by the Illinois State Board of Elections internally to identify the committee
CmteName Committee name
StateCmte True or False
StateID
LocalCmte True or False
LocalID
RptRcvdDate Date the report was received
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Committee fiscal report summaries

Periodic summaries of fiscal activity for committees. Includes total amounts in receipts, expenditures and investment activity over a given reporting cycle, as well as a link to a detailed report where possible. These files also include A-1 Reports of individual contributions over $1,000. Updated once a week on Tuesdays.

Field Description
id Unique ID for the report
committee_id ID of the committee that submitted the report
period_from Starting date of the reporting period
period_to Ending date of the reporting period
date_filed Date the report was filed
type Type of report (Quarterly, Semiannual, or A-1)
funds_start Dollar amount the committee had at the beginning of the reporting period
funds_end Dollar amount the committee hasd at the end of the reporting period
receipts Dollar amount received by the committee during the reporting period
expenditures Dollar amount spent by the committee during the reporting period
invest_total Total investments controlled by the committee at the end of the reporting period
detail_url URL for the detail page of the report on the Illinois Board of Elections website
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