Quinn Signs IL Campaign Finance Limits into Law


Gov. Pat Quinn marked the one-year anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's arrest by signing into law Illinois' first-ever campaign contribution limits.

Quinn signed the bill Wednesday. He says it isn't perfect but is a step to ensure Illinois has honest, clean and open government.

The reforms were inspired by the scandal surrounding Blagojevich, who was arrested on Dec. 9, 2008, on federal corruption charges and later removed from office by lawmakers. He's pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial this summer.

The measure limits how much money people, interest groups and political action committees can give to candidates. But it only caps what political parties and legislative leaders can give to candidates in primaries and not in general elections.

Reformers say they'll continue to push for those limits.

Story source: AP