Three of the state’s legislative leaders are laying out their priorities for reform. Both Republican and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly agree there’s room for reform in Illinois. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he would like to see campaign finance reform to remove the influence of Super PACs. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says she does believe there’s a problem with partisanship in the General Assembly.
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Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) wants to see changes to campaign financing that would dampen the influence of political action committees. “To the extent that the Supreme Court or Congress could change that, I think that’s the most important reform we could possibly have,” Cullerton said.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) favors a change inside the state Capitol: getting rid of lame duck sessions, which he says Republicans and Democrats have used to push through controversial bills. “Both sides have blood on their hands with the abuses that have come with the lame duck session,” Durkin said. The lame duck session is the period between Jan. 1 and inauguration day, when legislation can pass with a simple majority with the assistance of members who are on their way out, either voluntarily or because they lost their election.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) supports those reforms, along with legislative term limits and changing the redistricting process. But she also says the best policy for change is making sure voters are well informed.