As Illinois lawmakers worked toward the scheduled May 31 adjournment date, the state budget was still up in the air at week’s end. Senator Tim Bivins said that Senate Democrats did take time to advance a loophole-laden campaign reform measure, despite the opposition of Republican lawmakers and major reform organizations.

Senator Bivins explained that Senate Republicans voted “No” or “Present” on House Bill 7 to protest the vastly weakened proposal that was criticized by respected good government groups, including the Illinois Reform Commission, Change Illinois and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, highlighting the exceptionally high contribution limits and inadequate restrictions on free goods and services to political candidates.

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