Politicians in states across the nation, including Illinois, spend millions on campaigns but some say a public finance system could help even the playing field. A task force is developing a plan to implement the system in Illinois. David Morrison with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says the system could especially be beneficial for judge's races.
The concern with privately funded campaigns is that it often gives the appearance that the donor gets special access to politicians once they're elected. A public system would make candidates depend more on voters and taxpayers instead of those who contribute big money to their campaigns. Voters who'd like to have input can attend a hearing at the State Capitol on Monday afternoon.