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Illinois Campaign Money Talks

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• Special interests pour millions of dollars into Illinois campaigns
• There is no limit on contributions in statehouse races
• AARP and the CHANGE Illinois coalition are pushing campaign finance reforms


A decade-long freeze on electric rate increases was about to expire. Consumer and advocacy groups, including AARP, wanted to extend it. The utilities industry wanted to end it and poured more than $1.3 million into the campaigns of Illinois lawmakers. Despite some concessions to consumers, the freeze was lifted in 2007.Back to Article

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