With the annual fall veto session concluding October 30, newspaper editorial writers from Chicago to Carbondale have been weighing in on the General Assembly’s accomplishments. Most mirrored the disappointment of Senate Republicans over campaign finance reforms that fell short of expectations, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Also during the week of November 2-6, a long-delayed parental notification law was back in court and at least two major universities said they are struggling under the state’s massive backlog of unpaid bills.

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

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