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The Final Campaign Countdown



    As Chicago mayoral candidates enter the final day countdown with less than 24 hours before voters finally voice their choice, one thing is clear about the months-long race.

    Cash is king.

    Two of six mayoral candidates made the list of the Top 50 richest campaign war chests in Illinois, Sun-Times investigation found.

    Front-runner Rahm Emanuel ranked first with more than $8 million, according to Illinois State Board of Elections records. Gery Chico ranked fifth with a little more than $2 million.

    Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins and Bill "Doc" Walls didn't make the top 50.

    An obvious second place went to Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward), coming in at $6.6 million.

    Election Day polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Monday is the last day for in-person absentee voting at 69 W. Washington St.

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     Here are the Top Five richest campaign war chests:

    1. Chicago for Rahm Emanuel/ Chicago Mayoral candidate - $8,337, 872
    2. Friends of Edward M. Burke/ 14th Ward alderman - $6,606,966
    3. Stand for Children Illinois PAC/ Education PAC - $2,876,000
    4. Citizens for Lisa Madigan/ Attorney General - $2, 471,329
    5. Gery Chico for Mayor/ Chicago Mayoral Candidate - $2,013,272