It’s been a year since Illinois’ former governor was arrested at his home by federal agents. Governor Pat Quinn used the opportunity to sign legislation he says will target campaign finance abuses, but the reality is Blagojevich’s legacy lingers in Springfield.

On December 9, Governor Quinn signed Senate Bill 1466, which he says advances “groundbreaking” campaign finance reform. Although the new law will impose Illinois’ first-ever contribution limits on individuals, businesses and special-interest groups, it must be noted that political leaders’ donations will only be limited during primary elections, allowing for unlimited spending during the general election.

I support the contribution limits included in the bill, as well as more stringent transparency and disclosure measures, but the new law will have limited impact if contribution limits for legislative leaders aren’t capped during the General Election.

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