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Illinois' Richest U.S. House, Senate Members Revealed in New Report



    Gov. Bruce Rauner isn't Illinois' only elected official with major cash in the bank. 

    Six of Illinois' seats in the U.S. House and Senate are filled by members of the millionaire's club, a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics estimates, representing about a third of the state's delegation in D.C. The full count could actually be as high as 10 according to the analysis, which is based on asset ranges reported on financial disclosure forms.

    The findings were part of a new report that identified 271 millionaires elected to federal office— about half the total membership of the House and the  Senate. That's up slightly from the year before, when the group counted at least 268 millionaires.

    The median congressional net worth of nearly $1.03 million, which was up slightly from the previous year, is about 18 times one estimate cited for the median net worth of everyday American households.

    Illinois' 20-member delegation was less well off than Congress as a whole, with a median estimated net worth of $622,000, based on the individual averages calculated using the asset ranges in the financial disclosures.

    And even Illinois' flushest representative — projected $18 million man Democratic Rep. Bill Foster — comes in far behind some of his rich Capitol colleagues. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California led both houses with an estimated net worth of $448.4 million. At $254 million, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., was the wealthiest senator, the group found.

    Rauner, meanwhile, has them all beat. The newly elected Republican governor boasts a net worth of close to $1 billion.

    Click here for the full report or see the estimated ranges in net worth for Illinois' representatives at the top.