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Election Season a Boon to Local TV Ad Spend

Some say the intersection of political campaigns and big money equals corruption. But for local TV stations, it equals economic stimulus. For Springfield ABC affiliate WICS-TV, the campaign ads generated $1.6 million since August. The State Journal-Register columnist Bernard C. Schoenfeld breaks it down in today’s column.

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Do you know who is financing the candidates in your legislative district?

Do you know who is financing the candidates in your legislative district? Check out this example from the newly drawn 96th Illinois House District, which includes parts of Springfield and Decatur: “Aided heavily by funds controlled by House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, (Sue) Scherer was able to spend more than $237,000 on her campaign from July 1 through Sept. 30. Nearly $90,000 more was spent on her behalf for staff assistance, printing and postage. All but $2,600 of that came from campaign funds controlled by Madigan.” Illinois campaign finance laws allow legislative leaders to give unlimited amounts to House and Senate candidates. Thus targeted races can become proxy wars between leaders, and winning candidates arrive at the Capitol dependent on the caucus leader who financed his or her campaign.

 

The most Powerful Player in Illinois since the 1970’s… William Cellini.

In Chicago, William Cellini was known by only a handful of influential political insiders until his indictment on federal corruption charges. In Springfield, he had been a household name for decades – and generally not in a negative way. Springfield’s State Journal-Register offers the capital city’s perspective on the man who, arguably, had been the most powerful player in Illinois politics since the 1970s.

Illinois Teachers Retirement System

The last time Illinois Teachers Retirement System director Richard Ingram advocated pension reform to protect benefits for future retirees, he did not get a warm reception in some quarters. The State Journal-Register said Ingram paid the price for speaking the truth.

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