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Illinois super PACs raise $1 million

October 18, 2012
the Galesburg Register

The Associated Press

Posted Oct 18, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Illinois super PACs are bringing more than $1 million to this fall’s legislative campaign, but the meaning and influence of that money remains uncertain.

Campaign funds top $1 million in Haine-Babcock, Beiser-Smith races

October 17, 2012
the Belleville News Democrat


Two races to represent the metro-east in the state legislature are among 10 in Illinois that have seen campaign fundraising top $1 million.

One of the costliest races in the state is between Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, and challenger Mike Babcock, a Bethalto Republican. They've raised a combined $1.6 million in campaign funds as they vie for the 56th Senate District seat, according to figures compiled by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Jackson Jr. accused of using campaign funds to decorate home

October 15, 2012

Julie Unruh WGN News
6:27 p.m. CDT, October 15, 2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s use of campaign cash is reportedly the target of a federal investigation.

The Wall Street Journal reports, a new federal investigation is looking into whether Congressman Jackson used campaign cash to pay for furniture and other decorations inside his home.

Campaign spending gone wild

October 15, 2012
Crain's Chicago Business

By Greg Hinz October 15, 2012

I've had to change my election season routine this year.

I still get in, grab a half-cup of coffee, fire up the computer and check the dozens of emails that have arrived since I last looked at the cellphone. But now there's another must-do item. That's to log on to the Sunlight Foundation or one of the other websites that can tell me how much more big-buck, “independent” super PACs have spent since the day before.

Bad reviews, shaky mental health not expected to keep judge off bench

Ocotber 13, 2012
The Sun-Times

BY LISA DONOVAN Cook County Reporter October 13, 2012 12:41AM

Updated: October 14, 2012 2:46AM 

If history is any indication, a Cook County judge on indefinite suspension and deemed “legally insane” earlier this year will likely be re-elected next month.

Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Brim still collects her regular paycheck — $181,929 annually — seven months after her courthouse tussle with a sheriff’s deputy and her suspension from the bench for erratic behavior.

Emanuel ethics reforms pass City Council panel

October 3, 2012
Chicago Tribune
By John Byrne and Hal Dardick

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to tighten up ethics rules for city employees advanced through a City Council committee Wednesday despite concerns by aldermen that the new rules could handcuff th

New challenge filed to post-Blago campaign cash law

July 25, 2012
Crain's Chicago Business
Another legal challenge has been filed to Illinois' post-Blagojevich campaign-finance law, this one alleging that the law unfairly discriminates in favor of "party bosses."

Lawsuit challenges state campaign contribution limits

July 25, 2012
State Journal-Registar
SPRINGFIELD -- A conservative political action committee h