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Senate panel could endorse ban on casino contributions

November 28, 2012
the Quad City Times

•  Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s effort to stop casino owners from giving money to politicians could get a boost from a legislative panel on Wednesday.

Members of the Senate Executive Committee are scheduled to debate legislation to impose a campaign contribution ban on casino and horse track owners as part of a larger package of reforms designed to bring Quinn on board with a plan to add five casinos to the state’s fleet of 10.

Public involvement is key to reform “I’m just one person; what can I do?”

November 20, 2012
the Daily Herald (Editorial)

That’s a common refrain among citizens these days, especially in a state with such intractable economic and political problems as Illinois.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Never did, really. Newspapers are constantly filled with the stories of individuals who stepped up to make a difference — take Erin Merryn, for instance, the 27-year-old Schaumburg woman who was recognized earlier this month for her continuing efforts to export Illinois’ anti-sexual abuse legislation that bears her name to all 50 states.

Jesse Jackson Jr. investigation: On the money trail

November 14, 2012
Abc News

As Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s whereabouts remain unknown, federal investigators continue to look into whether he illegally used campaign money to pay for personal expenses.

53rd District candidates running frugal campaigns this time

November 2, 2012
the Daily Herald

By Deborah Donovan

What a difference two years make.
When Republican David Harris defeated one-term incumbent Mark Walker for a seat in the Illinois House two years ago, the campaigns spent a combined $1 million.

This year Harris has raised well under $50,000, and his opponent, Democrat Curt Renz, not a penny.
Redistricting has moved Harris into a newly drawn 53rd district, which he acknowledges “leans Republican.”

Quinn spokeswoman approved as sports authority director

November 1, 2012
The Chicago Tribune

Last year, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel separately pledged to protect taxpayers by turning around the public agency that owns and operates U.S. Cellular Field.

But if there was agreement on the need to reform the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, it unraveled over the question of who should lead such efforts as executive director. The two men sparred for more than a month, and on Thursday — with neither side backing down — Quinn prevailed quickly and unexpectedly.

State Democrats hold huge fundraising lead over GOP in Statehouse races, campaign finance watchdog reports

October 31, 2012
the Sun-Times

By Dave McKinney on October 31, 2012 1:36 PM 

 

Not surprisingly, the Democratic Party of Illinois has the deepest pockets during this round of legislative campaigns, more than doubling what the Illinois Republican Party has invested in trying to win control of the Statehouse.

That's the main finding in a new analysis released Wednesday by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a government watchdog group.

Kadner: A voter’s name for every secret ballot

October 31, 2012
the SouthtownStar

By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com October 30, 2012 5:24PM

Updated: October 31, 2012 2:16AM

Make sure your name is on the envelope containing your secret ballot, please. It’s the law.
Maria Hardt, of Homer Glen, is confounded by the procedure.
“I voted early this year at the Homer Township office,” Maria emailed.

Spending records being broken in 48th Senate District

October 30, 2012
The State Journal-Register

By DOUG FINKE 
The State Journal-Register
Posted Oct 29, 2012 @ 10:00 PM
Last update Oct 30, 2012 @ 06:44 AM

If nothing else, the race for the Illinois Senate from the 48th District probably will be remembered for the record-setting amount of money being spent there.

New legislative map contributes to high-dollar races

October 30, 2012
Illinois Issues

By Jamey Dunn

At least one race for the Illinois General Assembly is on target to break an all-time spending record, and another race has seen contribution limits tossed thanks to a new law.

More than $2 million has been spent in the state Senate race between Democrat Andy Manar and Republican Mike McElroy. The spending total in the 48th District will likely break the 2010 record of more than $2.7 million spent on a Senate race. That record was set when Republican Sam McCann unseated Democratic incumbent Deanna Demuzio. McCann is running unopposed in the general election this year.

Race for 48th Senate seat tops $2 million mark

October 26, 2012
the Quad City Times

October 26, 2012 10:16 pm  •  Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD — The race for a Senate seat representing a swath of central Illinois is now the most expensive in the state.

According to an analysis by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, the match-up between Democrat Andy Manar and Republican Mike McElroy for the 48th Senate District topped the $2 million mark earlier this week.