Legislators: Voters Outweigh Lobbyists

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SPRINGFIELD - Lobbyists spent more than $1,400 on state Rep. Terry Parke last year, but the Hoffman Estates Republican said the money doesn't mean he votes for their bills.

"Shame on me if I ever voted for someone who gave me money," he said.

Parke topped a list of Northwest suburban state legislators in the amount received from lobbyists last year, with a total of $1,464 worth of meals and other perks, according to records filed with the secretary of state's office.

Statewide, 1,713 lobbyists spent a little more than $1 million on legislators in 1999, topping the $846,476 lobbyists spent on legislators the year before.

Rep. Mark Beaubien, a Barrington Hills Republican, was close behind with $1,348 from lobbyists. And lobbyists spent a total of $1,083 on Republican Rep. Elizabeth Coulson of Glenview.

By comparison, lobbyists spent the least amount out of all Northwest suburban legislators on House Republican Leader Lee Daniels of Elmhurst, who received just less than $211. Another legislative leader, Republican Senate President James "Pate" Philip of Wood Dale, received nearly $801 in meals and gifts for he and his wife from lobbyists.

Across the West and Northwest suburbs, Sen. Steve Rauschenberger, a Republican from Elgin, topped the list with $9,027 worth of meals and other items, while Republican Rep. …