How much would you pay to keep your job, or find a new one? Political analysts forecast that two wealthy contenders for the 2018 Illinois governor spot will spend more than $ 300 million trying to be elected. Fiscal intelligence? What's the environment like out there? Jeff Babcock , who heads up STRATMOR's M&A effort, writes, “In conversations with various lenders, I'm detecting a growing degree of pessimism about mortgage origination performance for the full year 2017.