Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised about $58,200 in August, mostly from donors outside the Chicago area. The same goes for the biggest aldermanic fundraiser for August, Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36), who reported 18 contributions totalling $30,500, several from suburban companies.
Northbrook-based Middletown Management Company, which also goes by the name of ASA Properties/Middleton Partners, donated $10,000 to the Mayor. It is a private real estate investment firm that acquires, develops, leases and manages commercial real estate, and wrote the largest check the mayor received for the month. Emanuel also received $5,000 donations from a Zurich-IL-based roofing contractor, All American Exterior Solutions; a Champaign, IL-based home building contractor, Second Executive Park; and RVV Medical Services, whose president, according to state business records, is Dr. Roman Voytsekhovskiy, a surgeon in Arlington Heights, IL who is affiliated with Presence St. Joseph Hospital.
Another series of $5,000 checks came from the chairman of the Jimmy John’s franchise, James Liautaud, his wife, Leslie, and the president and CEO of the sandwich franchise, James North.
Matthew Jaffee, an analyst with Grosvenor Capital, also contributed $5,000 to the mayor’s personal campaign fund, Chicago for Rahm Emanuel. The maximum contribution from an individual to a candidate is $5,400.
Those who contributed the maximum to the mayor were: Lee Miller, an attorney for DLA Piper; Desiree Rodgers, an Executive at Johnson Publishing, Company; and Jeffrey Wampler, an attorney for the Champaign-based law firm Erwin, Martinkus & Cole. Wampler, who specializes in business and real estate law, reported a Florida address.
Meanwhile, Ald. Villegas’s largest check, $5,000, came from Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios’ personal campaign fund. The freshman alderman from the 36th Ward also reported a $3,000 check from the 31st Ward Democratic Committee, which is controlled by Berrios, as the ward’s Democratic committeeman.
Villegas defeated Berrios’ candidate, Omar Aquino, in his run for alderman in 2015.
Most of Ald. Villegas’ donors for August are construction-related. Prior to becoming alderman, Villegas worked in Illinois government, including at the Illinois Capital Development Board, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and later as a lobbyist for the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association.