CHICAGO - Placing seventh in Real Clear Politics' ongoing accumulative GOP presidential nominee polling, businessman Donald Trump wrought heavy media criticism last week for comments he made during his bid announcement about Mexicans that are crossing southern borders.
He criticized immigrants from Mexico who “have lots of problems” and are “bringing those problems to us. "They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists,“ he said, "and some, I assume, are good people.”
When making an appearance in Chicago this week, Trump doubled down on those comments, saying he was "100 percent correct" in what he said.
But among all the attention to Trump's comments about Mexicans, few focused on checks Trump has written over the years to campaigns in Illinois.
While he wrote no checks to Governor Bruce Rauner or former Governor Pat Quinn, Trump wrote checks to two other former Illinois governors that faced jail time: Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan.
He's also written checks to the Cook County Democratic Party.
And as he was preparing to build the famed Chicago Trump Tower, he was especially generous to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. At Emanuel's Hollywood producer brother Ari's request, Trump says, he gave Rahm $50,000 in 2010.