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Citizens United, and the Decision's Impact on Campaign Finance in Illinois

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a federal ban on political campaign spending by corporations independent of candidate campaigns has prompted some questions about the impact of the ruling on state and local elections in Illinois.  Although that decision has no immediate effect on the contribution limits legislation passed last year by the Illinois General Assembly, it could create an extremely hostile atmosphere with respect to any kind of contribution limits. It will certainly have an effect on Illinois campaigns for the U. S.

Campaign Contribution Limits


llinois has frequently been called the "wild west" of American campaigns based on its largely unregulated campaign finance system. Before a new campaign contribution limits system was approved in late 2009, Illinois was one of only five states with no restrictions on the size or source of campaign contributions.

Our Opinion: Overhaul high court system (Editorial)

October 1, 2010

Retention votes for Illinois Supreme Court justices traditionally dwell deep on the undercard of Election Day matchups.

Every 10 years, sitting justices must obtain 60 percent approval on a yes/no vote to stay on the court. No justice seeking retention has failed to get it.

An Invitation from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

Join us at Rock Bottom to help keep
Illinois from hitting rock bottom!
Join us for our fall event

Wednesday, November 10th
Rock Bottom Brewery
1 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Website shows candidate positions on campaign reform issues

September 23, 2010

Website shows candidate positions on campaign reform issues


Voters who want to know Illinois candidates’ stances on government reform issues can go to a website that outlines their views on 20 yes-or-no questions brought up by CHANGE Illinois, a coalition of dozens of reform groups and individual advocates.


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Voters now have a one-stop source for information about where the candidates for Governor stand on campaign and government reform issues.

Voters can go to the CHANGE Illinois! website  (www.ChangeIL.org) for a comparison of the candidates’ answers to 20 straightforward questions about reform proposals.

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