Lawmakers acted on a number of issues during the final week of the Fall Veto Session, but the most anticipated bill – campaign finance reform – ultimately fell short of its goals.

My Republican colleagues and I joined editorial boards across the state in criticizing Senate Bill 1466, which doesn’t go far enough. The legislation would impose Illinois’ first-ever contribution limits on individuals, businesses and special-interest groups, but donations by political leaders and political leadership committees would only be limited during primary elections—allowing for unlimited spending during the general election.

Illinois has failed to capitalize on a unique opportunity to pass meaningful campaign finance reform. I do support the contribution limits in the bill, as well as more stringent transparency and disclosure measures, but the measure will have limited impact without capping contributions limits for legislative leaders during the general election.

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