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2nd district candidate Toi Hutchinson`s paid campaign staff includes mom

February 14, 2013
Fox 32 Chicago

By Dane Placko, FOX 32 News Investigative Reporter - bio | email

FOX 32 has learned that one of the candidates running to replace Jackson has been paying thousands of dollars in campaign cash to her mother.

Democratic State Senator Toi Hutchinson didn't hire some kid as her campaign scheduler; she hired her mother, Janice Heno. State Board of Election records show between January of 2010 and December of 2012, Hutchinson paid her mother more than $57,000 out of her campaign fund for "contractual services."

Quinn’s ethics proposal raises questions

February 7, 2013
State Journal Register

The Associated Press

The idea seems simple enough: Ban Illinois lawmakers from voting or taking action on anything that might benefit them personally, all in the name of honest government.

Former Ill. Gov. Ryan to be released from prison

January 30, 2013
Associated Press

By Michael Tarm
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- George Ryan on Wednesday will become the latest former Illinois governor to go through a prison door. This time, he's headed out.

Ryan is being released from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., after serving five-plus years for corruption. He's expected to spend the first few weeks at a halfway house in Chicago and then return to his home in Kankakee, about 60 miles to the south.

Watchdog group wants to rein in super PACs operating in Illinois

January 11, 2013
Bloomington Pantagraph

By Kurt Erickson

Big outside money spent on losing candidates in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — This chart shows the amount of money spent by “independent expenditure” committees, in-cluding so-called “super PACs,” on behalf… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — Hoping to lift the shroud of secrecy on where millions of dollars in campaign money are coming from, a campaign watchdog group Thursday outlined a series of potential remedies to the law that allows super PACs to operate in Illinois.

Report: Candidates, parties dwarfed SuperPACs’ legislative spending

January 10, 2013
Daily Herald

By Doug T. Graham

SPRINGFIELD — SuperPACs contributed money in key statewide suburban races in the 2012 elections. However, their money paled in comparison to that spent by the candidates themselves or political parties, according to a new report.

An Illinois Campaign for Political Reform report showed that of the more than $29 million raised in statewide legislative races, just $1.7 million was spent by SuperPACs.

Any judge in Vanecko case should be judged — and 'scrubbed'

January 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune

Fair is fair in an incident larded with clout and politics

John Kass

Within seconds of McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre being appointed to preside over Illinois' political heater manslaughter case on Friday, you could almost hear her being "scrubbed."

It's not about cleansing bubbles. Not in Illinois.

"Scrubbing" is a reporter's term, for checking the background, finding the friends and friends of friends, who they owe and who they know. It's about figuring out if the person being scrubbed is somebody somebody sent.

Defeated judges find way back to bench

December 23, 2012
Chicago Tribune

By Jeff Coen and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune reporters

The Illinois Supreme Court in the past year kept seven politically connected judges on the Cook County bench after they were rejected by voters, a common practice the high court had pledged to curtail.

One had given more than $20,000 to the Cook County Democratic Party. Two had connections to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Others have ties to powerful Chicago Democrats who decide who gets the party's support to be judge.

Sandi Jackson Explains Her Moved Money

December 19, 2012
NBC Chicago News

Alderman asked by State Board of Elections to explain $69,000 discrepancy

By Mary Ann Ahern