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The state House this week voted unanimously to close a loophole in the state’s campaign finance regulations.

The measure, initially introduced by Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie, was co-sponsored by Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston and, now that it’s moved to the Senate, is being sponsored there by Sen. Jeff Schoenberg of Evanston.

Existing law bars contractors doing substantial business with the executive branch of state government from contributing to a governor’s campaign.

The new measure would extend that ban to contributions to candidates for lieutenant governor running on the same ticket.

“People in Illinois are tired of blatantly corrupt politics,” Biss said in a news release, “and this bill makes it harder to skirt the rules. Until we end the corrupt practices that keep special interests entrenched in our poltiics, we won’t have a public body that truly represents the will of the people.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Plug one hole; where are the others?

    Why can't a condition of government contracts be that the contractor agrees to forego making political donations? So, the contractor can't give to the governor's or lieutenant governor's campaign. What's the next place they "should donate" to instead?

    Methinks, government contractors would welcome a ban on political donations- it would lower their costs of doing business…

     

  2. Hey Biss, why not close the loophole of union contributions?

    Maybe Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston could sponsor a bill that prevents government unions from contributing money to state and local government candidates.

    After all, we know the blatantly corrupt politics involving government unions and the politicians they help elect. Government unions are special interest groups entrenched in our politics and who benefit from policy decisions made by elected officials. Just consider how Gov. Quinn decided not to layoff any state union employees last year and then he got a hefty campaign donation from the very same union..

    Many Evanston City Council members receive campaign donations from local government unions and so far it seems the local government union groups have come away pretty good – they all still get annual pay raises and not one Evanston firefighter has been laid off during the fifth year of a severe Recession.

    But then Biss is a member of the Democrat party, which receives more than 90 percent of ALL government union campaign contributions. I bet even Biss received union campaign donations.

    Just sayin.

    1. While we’re at it

      Al,

      The only difference between Democratic candidates and Republican candidates is that the Republicans get their monies from large corporations and contractors.   In order to level they playing field, as you suggest is needed, let's  forbid corporate and/or PAC contributions to all candidates as well.   Fair is fair, after all.

      Just replyin.

       

      1. Democrats get more corporate campaign donations

        pfpint,

        Since 2006, Democrat candidates received more corporate campaign donations than Republicans.

        BP Oil gave more campaign money to Obama than any other presidential candidate.

        Yes, let's forbid corporate and union campaign donations and see which party hurts the most.

        Just sayin.

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