Chicago’s legislative leaders have gutted meaningful campaign finance reform, leaving behind a half-measure that contains gaping loopholes. Instead, Senator Bill Brady says much more is needed to restore the trust of Illinois citizens in their state government.

House Bill 7 was passed by a 36-22-1 vote of the Senate May 28. Senator Brady said the legislation has drawn opposition from virtually every major reform organization in Illinois, including Patrick Collins, the head of Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Reform Commission.

“Four months after we convicted a Governor in an impeachment trial, partly because of blatant campaign finance abuses, you might expect us to be voting on tough new campaign finance laws,” Senator Brady said. “It is unfortunate that what we are being asked to pass is but a shell of the reforms needed if Illinois citizens are ever to trust their government again.”

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