Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » This just in…
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
This just in…

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009

* 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.

More…

*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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

25 Comments
  1. - steve schnorf - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:09 pm:

    silly!


  2. - Cal Skinner - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:13 pm:

    Let’s see if I understand this restriction.

    If you are a rich guy who owns a newspaper or a radio or TV station, you have no limits on the favorable stories you can run on behalf of your favorite candidate, but, if you are a rich guy who is a manufacturer, you can only give $2,400.

    That’s really equal protection under the law.


  3. - DuPage Moderate - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:14 pm:

    These idiots. Banning contributions, gifts, dinners, etc. from lobbyists only make the current lobbyist more powerful….and pad their bottom lines as they don’t have to shell out money, ie, expenses, on the legislators in Springfield.

    There’s a lot of problems in State Government - lobbyists are not at the top of the list.


  4. - Ghost - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:22 pm:

    === 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 ===

    Watchdog agency…. you mean like some kind of State Auditor general? Fiscal crisis they want to create a second office to do what Holland does, but we will be icnreasing state spending?

    Plus they havethe OEIG… an oversight agnecy appointed by the person they are supposed to watch and subject to funding from those they are keeping tabs on, in short a joke which should be disbanded as part of any cuts.

    beef up Hopllands staff, ifneeded, but we dont we already have an auditor general.


  5. - Skeptic Cal - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:23 pm:

    This puts Quinn in the same boat as most politicians. No real guts. Just some luke warm proposals that sound good on the surface but make no meaningful change.
    Insipid. I should not have expected more from him than from the host of legislators who sponsor bills that are ill-conceived and inadequate.


  6. - steve schnorf - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:30 pm:

    these aren’t Quinn’s proposals, a point Rich makes clear


  7. - Central_IL_farm_boy - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:33 pm:

    Definition of ethics reform in Illinois: Promoting a lot of unrealistic proposals that you know will never be implemented. The result is . . . . . well, we are living with the result.


  8. - The KQ - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:40 pm:

    >

    What defines a political boss? The majority, if not all, of the procurement abuse under Blago was caused by the Directors and Deputy Directors put in place by Blago. We couldn’t award a contract without getting approval from Blago’s people. Under the current Procurement Code, purchasing is “managed” by State Purchasing Officers – all of whom are supposed to have a “dotted-line” report to their Chief Purchasing Officer one of whom is the Director of CMS. What do you achieve by isolating them other then potentially creating yet another fiefdom in state government. By isolating procurement officials, you would essentially be cutting them off from the agency senior staff. Let’s also not forget that the Director, Chief legal officer, and chief fiscal officer of an agencies must sign any contract that is over $250,000. Last I checked, those three positions are generally “political bosses”. So in essence, this is really calling for another rewrite of the procurement code because you cannot achieve this separation without a rewrite.


  9. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:45 pm:

    The only way to truly isolate anyone from “political bosses” is to require they be appointed by a bureaucrat, who was appointed by a bureaucrat, ad infinitum. Not exactly “reform.”


  10. - Helm - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 12:50 pm:

    Is there a freedom of speech/association issue with prohibiting state employees from being able to contribute to whomever they choose ?


  11. - Princess - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 1:08 pm:

    “*Prohibit campaign contributions by state employees to constitutional officers.”–

    So if a state worker could not contribute to say someone running for SOS or Governor, so could not the union who uses volunteer worker funded contribrutions as it is state worker contributions into the contributed funds. No? Clarify please?


  12. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 1:17 pm:

    So all I have to do is stay current on my lobbyist registration and I’m off the hook for campaign contributions? Sweet!

    Sorry Senator, I’d love to buy a ticket to your fundraiser, but that would be against the law. Oh, thanks again for your support of my bill! I got a nice bonus from the company for that!


  13. - Brock Berlin's Clipboard - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 1:26 pm:

    Rich is totally right about the constitutional prohibition on categories of donors. If statewide elected officials choose of their own volition not to accept donations from state employees (either under their auspices or not), that’s their choice. If any candidate chooses not to accept donations from registered lobbyists, they’re free to do that.

    These decisions may be in the spirit of good government, or just a tactical maneuver. But in those situations, the candidate chooses, not the government. For the government to say that an entire class of people doesn’t have the right to express themselves through financial support of political candidates is unconstitutional.

    You could easily imagine a transparency compromise here (identifying donations from lobbyists, reporting the percentage of donations from lobbyists or companies with registered lobbyists, that kind of thing), but that obviously doesn’t have anywhere near the same impact.


  14. - Belle - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 1:47 pm:

    We have the technology to show who gave every penny to whom. Post it on-line. In kind contributions as well. If you can not say where the money came from you don’t get to keep it. News sources should go back to news, not electioneering.


  15. - scoot - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 2:13 pm:

    I like the idea of moving towards a Mccain-Feingold law. Illinois is the “wild west” of finance laws and we need to crackdown & now is the perfect time.

    I know that corruption takes place in DC anyways, but as long as there is $$$ & politicans, there will be corruption, thats just part of life. There are just corrupt individuals out there…but here in Illinois it’s the norm…two Gov’s in a row people!!

    I’m surprised this committee had such sweeping reforms, hopefully they become law because it’s better then nothing.


  16. - Leave a light on George - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 2:28 pm:

    “If you are a rich guy who owns a newspaper…”

    Ain’t any of those left.


  17. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 2:54 pm:

    Reform is not something that you delegate to someone else. It is a method of doing business. Like “restructuring”, reform can become it’s own cause when it is divorced from the group that needs to be reformed. This is a classic failure in governments.

    Reform has to be a verb for it to be successful. Establishing a reform committee isn’t reforming anything. Instead it allows a broken system to continue functioning without consideration of how it is broken, since that act would be the responsibility of a parallel organization, not those within the broken system.

    Change has to come from within the group that needs to be changed. Same with reform, quality, and resturcturing. If a government divorces these methods of business from a broken system by establishing another group, then it is hoping that change can be forced upon the system. This usually doesn’t succeed because, in this case, the reform group is not a player within the system. The reform group has not a stakeholder in the system’s process, so it’s input is usually rejected.

    Whenever we separate business methods within an organization, we discover that the separation becomes permanent and the organization continues to fail.

    Quinn is wasting our time if he actually believes that this is how reform is done. As a man who has existed for decades outside the Illinois mainstream as a reform candidate, he should have learned that only those with power, have the power to reform.


  18. - Cosmic Charlie - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 3:18 pm:

    Yawn. Thats all the boy wonder could come up with? I could have put that proposal together in an afternoon.


  19. - Cal Skinner - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 3:19 pm:

    If there are no rich guys who own newspapers, then the power goes to the unelected editors to promote candidacies in their news columns and editorials.

    That has a real value exceeding the cash contribution limits being proposed.


  20. - EmptySuitParade - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 3:59 pm:

    Collins finally got to SPI
    Better late than never
    How does he know Blaggo gets indicted?????
    Someone ask what cause he might donate too


  21. - EmptySuitParade - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 4:01 pm:

    Primary moved up to give IL a voice in presidential election —not just help Obama.
    How do “pilot project judges” protect themselves from right wing Repubs (aka US Chamber of Commerce)


  22. - 2ConfusedCrew - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 4:02 pm:

    Anybody else wonder why he keeps using the word “fixes”?


  23. - Ghost - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 4:18 pm:

    The commission will recomend Illinois operate as an anarco-sydicalist Commune:

    we’re an anarco-sydicalist commune. We take it in turns to be a sort of executive officer for the week…but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting…by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs…but by a two thirds majority in the case of…


  24. - EmptySuitParade - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 4:21 pm:

    Now they want to end an exemptions for judges and legislature on purchasing —–that’s called seperation of power boys and girls


  25. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 31, 09 @ 7:20 pm:

    This state ain’t ready for reform.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* McCann tries to turn the Madigan issue back on Rauner
* Rauner says he'll soon announce "several really exciting" results of his trade mission
* Our sorry state
* It's just a bill
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker, Mendoza respond *** Rauner gets it half right while denying all blame
* ¯_(ツ)_/¯
* Question of the day
* Gun dealer licensing bill may reboot
* PPP: Rodney Davis up by only 3, Hultgren ahead by just 4
* Rate the new Sam McCann campaign video
* Way out of context
* Did Tazewell County and Chicago ignore state law?
* Rauner calls legislators "rascals" ahead of budget talks
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Glenelg's Jesse White cleared to take on Bulldo.....
* Which Take On Taxes Lowers Them For Voters? - WVIK..
* Which Take On Taxes Lowers Them For Voters?..
* Which Take On Taxes Lowers Them For Voters? - WMOT..
* Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alter.....
* State-financed workers' comp insurance company .....


* School district sued for sexual abuse by former teacher
* Police suspect Rockford woman killed by ex-boyfriend
* State-financed workers' comp insurance company gets House OK
* US won't step in to stop ex-Lithuanian judge's extradition
* Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alternative
* Advocates urge lawmaker curb on Medicaid managed care switch
* Illinois Senate OKs stand-alone bump-stock ban
* Servers allege sexual harassment at Chicago-area restaurant
* Man convicted of killing 5 in 1972 granted parole
* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner

* Bill that allows patients to sub opioids for pot clears Senate
* McCann threatens to sue to get Senate staff support
* Bump stock ban passes Illinois Senate
* Statehouse bill would give tax breaks to Illinois construction projects
* AFSCME wants step increases now
* McCann threatens to sue to get staff support
* Bill would give tax breaks to construction projects
* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment
* Schoenburg: Libertarian Kash Jackson wants to protect rights

* WTTW parent picks a new CEO
* The rich are betting on living to 100
* Rauner needs to do more than talk—and veto—on gun violence
* It's a bad time to stop making small cars
* AbbVie must escape the long shadow of Humira's decline


* Man shot multiple times in West Englewood
* Illinois Senate OKs stand-alone bump-stock ban
* Dear Abby: Friends want me to date but won’t set me up
* Glen Ellyn man gets 23 years in prison for robbing 7-Eleven store
* Bears draft, Day 2: DE Harold Landry, C James Daniels among best available
* White Sox’ Lucas Giolito gets revenge on ex-Cub Jorge Soler in first win of year
* Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in Lake View apartment building
* Books: Publishers Weekly best sellers for the week ending April 22
* Police investigating woman’s death in Aurora
* Man, 63, reported missing from Gresham


* Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after strong results
* Evacuation remains in place after Wisconsin refinery blast injures at least 11
* Kim Jong Un Kim says he and Moon Jae-in are on the starting line of a new Korean history
* Kyle Schwarber home run enough for 1-0 Cubs victory over Brewers
* Roquan Smith says it’s ‘going to be insane’ playing with Leonard Floyd again
* Bears draft linebacker Roquan Smith with eighth pick
* 'Worst foster parents in the world': Federal agency says it lost track of 1,475 migrant children
* Roquan Smith hoping to find his place in Bears' rich tradition at linebacker
* Defending his record to Congress, EPA chief Pruitt shifts spending blame to staff
* With new allegations against Tom Brokaw, NBC faces skepticism in remedying sexual harassment


» April 26, 2018 - Full Show
» Chicago Band The Claudettes' New Album Fueled By New Vocalist
» State And Local Gun Laws; Continuous Struggle Of Public Universities; McDonald’s New Headquarters
» Reporter Finds Carrying A Gun Carries Weighty Responsibility
» Illinois Lawmaker Considers Legislation After Nashville Waffle House Shooting
» Gun Owners Rally In Springfield While Gun Dealer Lincensing Veto Remains
» April 25, 2018 - Full Show
» Illinois State Fairgrounds Named On Endangered Historic Places List
» Food, Agriculture And Politics In The Next Farm Bill; Evangelicalism In The Age of Trump
» A Flexible Schedule Is The Wellness Benefit Workers Want


* Bill that allows patients to sub opioids for pot clears Senate
* McCann threatens to sue to get Senate staff support
* Guest View: Illinois is middle of the pack when it comes to best practices for the opioid epidemic
* Eugene Robinson: Cohen needs to ask himself: Does Trump have my back?
* Thumbs Down: To the same old, same old in Illinois politics
* Michael Gerson: Conservatism's high calling is to humanize change
* Bump stock ban passes Illinois Senate
* Statehouse bill would give tax breaks to Illinois construction projects
* AFSCME wants step increases now
* McCann threatens to sue to get staff support


* Toni' Intravaia
* Boil order lifted in Murphysboro
* Clifton E. Lawrence
* James F. Perrotto
* Oleva L. Dick
* Two employees reinstated by Saline County Board
* Godfrey terror suspect's lawyer seeks 2nd mental fitness evaluation ahead of May trial
* Parkland Softball vs. Rock Valley
* PCHS ROUNDUP: Seniors in spotlight at Dragon Invitational track meet
* Legislation could increase rent for some Decatur public housing residents. Here's why.


* After drafting Darnold, Jets have to wait a while on Day 2
* Browns holding 3 picks in second round of NFL draft
* Giants probably will look for linemen on second day of draft
* After night of QBs in NFL draft, proving ground ahead
* Rams have a wait ahead of them on Day 2 of NFL draft

* Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of D...
* It's official: If you prepaid your propert...
* US asks China to release 11th Panchen Lama...
* Senate passes Leahy-led resolution urging ...
* A quick look at a few congressional races ...
* Hultgren makes Earth Day pledge as newest ...
* GOP breaks the glass as House outlook dark...
* Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of D...
* It's official: If you prepaid your propert...
* US asks China to release 11th Panchen Lama...

* Jared Kushner Can't Get Lawmakers to Suppo......
* Editorial: Congressional intervention woul......
* User data is valuable — so companies shoul......
* British MPs say they may try to compel Zuc......
* Pompeo confirmed for Secretary of State; D......

* Duckworth comes back to Senate with her ba......
* Senate Narrowly Confirms Mike Pompeo for S......
* Straight, clear thinking from women in pow......
* On Twitter, Hillary Clinton is a 'wife' ab......
* Tammy Duckworth and Working Moms Like Mine...

* Chicago-based Kitchen Toke, the first zine devoted to cooking with weed, preaches the green word
* Weapon H smashes together two of Marvel's most beloved heroes into a brilliant new series
* Lakeside Center Career & Training Fair at Olive-Harvey College #Ward09
* Stanley Moore: The Reintroduction of Rope a Dope
* If you can’t smoke weed right now, you might as well read about it
* Rauner delves into ‘robot’ mode – spewing lines about “Madigan pawns”
* High rents force Wishbone out of its West Loop home after 26 years
* All Chicago Public Libraries To Be Closed On Tuesday, May 1st
* Deep Learning Models That Predict Conflicts In Online Communities
* Instructional design improves engagement in online courses


* IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
* Governor Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield
* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

  
* New iPad-cloning Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 could launch soon with Snapdragon 660 SoC
* Apple is done making AirPort routers
* Kernel source code for Motorola Moto Z2 Play Oreo update is now available
* Google offers Cloud Platform credits to promising researchers
* PlayStation 4 sales may have peaked
* 12 big encryption trends that will keep data more secure
* All the new Gmail features explained (Updated with video)

* Renteria to miss 3 games for mother's funeral
* White Sox Minor League Update: April 26, 2018
* White Sox go deep five times to topple Royals
* Deep Space Five
* White Sox go deep five times to topple Royals
* South Side Sox Roster Ranking: Round 21
* White Sox go deep five times in six frames


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller