* 11:59 am - The chairman of the governor’s independent reform commission talked to the Daily Herald editorial board before unveiling his plans to the Statehouse media later this afternoon. Here’s a bit of what former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins had to say…
The reform commission wants to put Illinois campaign law more in line with federal law, limiting donations from individuals to $2,400 per election cycle and contributions from unions, businesses and interest groups to $5,000.
That would mirror federal guidelines, which haven’t really cleaned up DC all that much.
Under the proposal, contributions from registered lobbyists and trusts would be banned and outside groups would have to make donors public.
I cannot see how contributions from lobbyists - a group of people protected under the constitution - can be banned.
On the contracting end, the commission is proposing rules to isolate procurement officials from political bosses and institute a watchdog agency to oversee state spending
We’ll have more details here later today.
* 12:38 pm - The Trib has a list…
*Hold primary elections in June, closer to the November general election, to cut down on costs and length of campaigns.
That’ll never happen. As I’ve pointed out before, legislators would have to take a lot of tough votes at the end of session in May, then immediately face the voters in a June primary. Not gonna happen. And it’s probably not such a great idea, either. If you think legislators are averse to tough votes now, just require a June primary and see what happens.
*Increased disclosure requirements, including requiring contributions of $500 or more to be reported more quickly year-round instead of only before an election.
*Requiring political action committees to disclose “bundling” of contributions from several people of $16,000 or more in a six-month period.
*Amend ethics act to require enhanced training.
*Reduce number of state jobs exempted from a ban on patronage hiring.
*Prohibit campaign contributions by state employees to constitutional officers.