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GOP's $2M TV ad buys in Illinois legislative race most in US

Republicans who are trying to keep their sole legislative seat in Chicago have spent more on television advertising there — $2 million — than for any other statehouse district race in the nation as they seek to loosen the Democrats' grip on Illinois.

The figures, highlighted in a report released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity, show the Chicago contest has helped make Illinois the biggest spender on TV ads for both GOP and Democratic legislative candidates in the U.S. for this election cycle to the tune of nearly $14 million since Jan. 1, 2015. Second in the U.S. is Florida with about $8 million.

The staggering amount spent in Illinois reflects the...