11th District primary money battle tight
Only about $18,000 separated the second-quarter fundraising efforts of Republicans Darlene Senger of Naperville and Chris Balkema of Channahon in their bid to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster.
Senger, a state lawmaker, raised about $82,500 in the last three months, and Balkema, a Grundy County board member, raised about $64,600. Ian Bayne, a private investigator from Aurora, didn't file a report, according to federal election records.
The close fundraising numbers could indicate a tight primary race to come, but some perspective is important. Over the same three months, Foster, of Naperville, raised about $275,000.