Friday, May 30, 2008

The slow but steady march of reform

HB 824, to address pay-to-play, is waiting its turn in the House for a concurrence vote, but in the meantime, the House did send to the governor two smaller reform measures. SB 2190 redefines "political committees" under the Election Code to make clear that groups supporting or opposing the placement of public questions on the ballot are covered by Illinois' disclosure requirements. SB 2191 addresses the pre-election period, forbidding committees to avoid disclosure by making a series of smaller donations to participating candidates. Neither of these, in themselves, is as significant as the pay-to-play measure, but these two are certainly part of the on-going effort to improve campaigns in Illinois. ICPR supported these bills in committee, and we urge the Governor to sign them into law.