Chicago’s legislative leaders have gutted meaningful campaign finance reform, leaving behind a half-measure that contains gaping loopholes. Instead, Senator Tim Bivins 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 Bivins 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.

“Given the track record of just the last two Illinois Governors, campaign finance reforms should be a top priority for each and every lawmaker. We are making progress, but there still are a lot of smoke and mirrors,” Senator Bivins said. “On the surface, this legislation appears to make a lot of changes, when in reality it is little more than a sleight of hand.”

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