Publication Date: February 2007
Publisher: Joyce Foundation
Author(s): Suzanne Novak; Seema Shah
Research Area: Politics
Keywords: political funds; campaign finance laws ; campaign reform ; contribution limits
In this report, the Brennan Center finds that the laws governing money and politics in Illinois are "broken and badly in need of reform.” Illinois is characterized as having "the weakest campaign finance laws in the Midwest," with "an absence of any campaign contribution limits or public financing, limited disclosure, and poor enforcement" of existing laws.
Recommendations for reforming Illinois’s campaign finance laws include adopting public campaign financing systems in addition to establishing contribution limits, tightening disclosure requirements and strengthening enforcement measures.