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Campaign Finance Reform Bill Hits Governor’s Desk

June 3. 2008

Springfield, IL – Campaign finance reform has sailed through the Illinois General Assembly, but it could be held up for a bit now that it's headed to Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The bill would stop state contractors from making unlimited campaign donations when doing business with state officers.

Cindy Canary with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says following the money trail on this topic has led right to the governor's desk; he has accepted campaign donations from state contractors.

Unlimited campaign donations are defended by some as a free speech right. Canary says taxpayer rights also have to be considered.

"State contracts should be awarded based on the best price and the best service, not on greased palms."

Canary says the basic issue is that taxpayers want to know they're getting the highest value.

"This is about how our tax dollars are being spent, and it's about ensuring that we're getting the best services for our resources."

Gov. Blagojevich has indicated he wants to amend the bill to make it "bigger and better," adding more campaign finance laws. Canary says she supports those additions.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IL