A task force on campaign finance reform is offering five ways the state of Illinois could adopt public financing of elections. Task force members met in Chicago to discuss a draft of a report that’s due to the governor by the end of the year. The report draws from examples of public financing in other states as well as court rulings on the issue.
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Suggestions include a system that would give lump-sum grants to candidates who raise enough seed money and get voter signatures. Another system could have the state match voter donations dollar for dollar. The report also looks at a possible public financing system for judicial elections, which is strongly supported by the lieutenant governor. Task force member William McNary says Illinois residents are angry about political corruption and want change.