campaign finance http://wuis.org en Illinois Senate Joins Push For U.S. Constitutional Convention http://wuis.org/post/illinois-senate-joins-push-us-constitutional-convention <p>The Illinois Senate has joined a push for a national constitutional convention. <a href="http://www.wolf-pac.com/">Organizers</a> want to change the way political campaigns are financed.</p><p>The last time there was a Constitutional Convention, it was presided over by George Washington.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 23158 at http://wuis.org Illinois Senate Joins Push For U.S. Constitutional Convention "The Limit Is Winning The Race" http://wuis.org/post/limit-winning-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois had long been the holdout: a state without any limits on campaign contributions. Prosecutors say former Governor Rod Blagojevich took full advantage of that freedom, as he solicited donations in exchange for favors and state jobs. His arrest spurred lawmakers into action.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20667 at http://wuis.org "The Limit Is Winning The Race" Dillard Campaign Gets On TV: Watch http://wuis.org/post/dillard-campaign-gets-tv-watch <p>With less than two weeks until the primary election, Bruce Rauner will no longer be the only candidate airing self-promotional T-V ads in Illinois. Senator Kirk Dillard is airing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Kj80JmVHE&amp;feature=youtu.be">campaign commercials </a>of his own.</p><p></p><p>The commercials Bruce Rauner has been airing for months, thanks mostly to the more than $6 million dollars he's put into his campaign, have helped him surge ahead in polls for the GOP race for governor.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:15:23 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20332 at http://wuis.org Dillard Campaign Gets On TV: Watch Campaigns Must Disclose Payroll Numbers http://wuis.org/post/campaigns-must-disclose-payroll-numbers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois State Board of Elections is putting a stop to a practice that's allowed political campaigns to hide some of their spending.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is a story of new technology coming under the purview of older campaign finance laws.</span></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17454 at http://wuis.org Campaigns Must Disclose Payroll Numbers Professor Says Publicly Funded Campaigns Are Better for Voters http://wuis.org/post/professor-says-publicly-funded-campaigns-are-better-voters <p>An expert on campaign finance says his studies show that government funding of state level races is better for voters and candidates.&nbsp; Michael Miller of the University of Illinois Springfield makes the case in his new book "Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections And How It Can Work In The Future". He spoke with Bill Wheelhouse:</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 19:06:51 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 16603 at http://wuis.org Professor Says Publicly Funded Campaigns Are Better for Voters Rauner Gives Another $500,000 To Election Bid http://wuis.org/post/rauner-gives-another-500000-election-bid <p>A Republican candidate for Illinois governor has contributed another $500,000 to his campaign. &nbsp;<br />Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has now pumped $1.25 million of his own money into the four-way GOP primary for the right to take on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014.</p><p>Rauner filed petition signatures for a ballot position yesterday and also released three years of tax returns. They show he reported more than $53 million in income last year. &nbsp;<br />He also disclosed ownership stakes in three professional sports franchises, including the Chicago Bulls. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:15:41 +0000 Associated Press 13842 at http://wuis.org Rauner Gives Another $500,000 To Election Bid Candidate Rakes In Second $250k Contribution ... This Week http://wuis.org/post/candidate-rakes-second-250k-contribution-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner continues to rake in major contributions since he lifted Illinois' new campaign finance cap last week. While Rauner's opponents are freed from caps as well, he's the been the only one to get such major, and immediate, benefit.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State filings from yesterday (11/21) afternoon show Illinois' richest man, Ken Griffin, pitching in $250,000 to </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> campaign.</span></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:27:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13537 at http://wuis.org Candidate Rakes In Second $250k Contribution ... This Week Rev. Jesse Jackson On Junior http://wuis.org/post/rev-jesse-jackson-junior <p>The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he has not visited since his son reported to federal prison late last month.</p><p>Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is serving two-and-a-half years in a North Carolina penitentiary. He was convicted of corruption for spending $750,000 of his campaign fund on personal spoils.</p><p>"Well his health has been recovering and that has been, as father, the most important thing to me. He has been diligent in doing his work. And I have nothing further to say about that," Rev. Jackson said at the Capitol Thursday (11/7).</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:44:14 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12588 at http://wuis.org Rev. Jesse Jackson On Junior Court Case Could Upend Illinois Campaign Caps http://wuis.org/post/court-case-could-upend-illinois-campaign-caps <p>The scandal that brought down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich led to campaign-contribution caps in Illinois. Advocates of the limits are fearful a case set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday could upend their efforts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The campaign finance law Illinois politicians passed in 2009 restricts how much cash companies, unions and people can give to individual candidates. Theoretically, you can give that maximum contribution to every state candidate in Illinois.</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:16:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10454 at http://wuis.org Court Case Could Upend Illinois Campaign Caps