campaign contributions http://wuis.org en "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 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 December Ninth: A Big Day On Illinois' Ethics Timeline http://wuis.org/post/december-ninth-big-day-illinois-ethics-timeline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>December Ninth is a significant day in Illinois' political history: for better, and for worse.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Dec. 9, 2003 "the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act was signed into law," Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison says.</span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:33:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14586 at http://wuis.org December Ninth: A Big Day On Illinois' Ethics Timeline 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 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