Campaign Finance in Illinois

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

Type: Report

Coverage: Illinois


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.