New state law bans ‘dark money’ in judicial races

SPRINGFIELD – A new law in Illinois aims to ban out-of-state contributions and so-called “dark money” in judicial campaigns by requiring all candidates to disclose the sources of their contributions. Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed Senate Bill 536 into law, an omnibus elections bill that makes a number of other changes to the way elections are […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ elections oversight board has cleared the state’s top fiscal watchdog in a long-running case over his campaign finance violations. Illinois football coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for COVID-19. The Urbana School Board has appointed its first student representatives. In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear the third and final […]

State’s top fiscal watchdog cleared after six-year battle over campaign finance violations finally resolved — for now

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ elections oversight board on Tuesday voted unanimously to end years-long dispute over campaign finance violations committed by Auditor General Frank Mautino’s campaign committee before he became the state’s top fiscal watchdog. The State Board of Elections ruled Mautino and his now-defunct campaign committee didn’t knowingly violate state campaign finance law during his […]