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Not much action in 90th District

Seat considered safe for GOP

Published: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 1:38 a.m. CST

DIXON – The general election campaign for Illinois House District 90 has been quiet.

In the last quarter – from July to September – Republican Tom Demmer raised $16,152 to Democrat Tom Boken's $1,852, according to reports filed with the state Board of Elections.

Those amounts are far less than other area races, including the 71st House race between Republican incumbent Rich Morthland and Democrat Mike Smiddy.

The 90th district is largely seen as friendly terrain for Republicans.

In March, Demmer beat three candidates in the Republican primary. No Democrats even filed to run for that office.

After the primary, Democratic leaders chose Boken of DeKalb to run against Demmer of Dixon in the redrawn district, which includes parts of Lee, Ogle, DeKalb and LaSalle counties.

Demmer and Boken are seeking the seat being vacated by state Rep. Jerry Mitchell, R-Sterling, who is retiring after 18 years.

Boken, a Sterling native, is a civil service employee for Northern Illinois University. Demmer is KSB Hospital's director of marketing and strategic planning and a Lee County Board member.

In recent weeks, Sauk Valley Media has been able to reach Demmer for stories about the race, but Boken hasn't returned calls for comment.

 How much they've raised

Campaign finance reports for July 1 to Sept. 30 for the 90th House District:

Candidate Raised Spent In bank on Sept. 30

Tom Demmer, R-Dixon $16,152 $5,360 $26,618

Thomas Boken Jr., D-DeKalb $1,824 $1,471 $727

Source: State Board of Elections

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