With the annual fall veto session now concluded, newspaper editorial writers from Chicago to Carbondale are weighing in, and most are mirroring the disappointment of Senate Republicans over campaign finance reforms that fell short of expectations.

Some newspaper editorials have labeled the legislation as only a promotion of the status quo. Many editorials mirrored concerns raised by lawmakers who voted against the measure, that the impeachment and indictment of former Governor Rod Blagojevich offered a rare opportunity for real change. There is concern that if lawmakers did not take full advantage of the opportunity now, it is unlikely that the chance will come up again.

At the end of October, lawmakers passed a measure which, for the first time, will establish campaign contribution limits on individuals, business and labor organizations. However, the legislation contained a major loophole exempting legislative leaders and political parties from much of the limits.

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