Politicians are begging their supporters to donate campaign cash. That's because Friday is a key fundraising marker before the 2012 election.Fundraising numbers can be a sign of a candidate's support, or lack of it, and many use the reporting deadlines to make urgent appeals.Indiana U.S.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Rod Blagojevich’s conviction on federal corruption charges Monday shows a need for more state government reform.Quinn says Illinois has taken strides to lift ethics standards since Blagojevich’s 2008 arrest.
Mayor-elect Emanuel raised big funds for Mayor Daley, former President Bill Clinton and numerous Democratic Congressional runs in 2006. He’s also filled his own campaign war chests and personal bank accounts.
President Barack Obama is headed back to town. On Thursday he’ll kick off his re-election fundraising efforts in Chicago. Obama’s 2008 campaign shattered all records – he raised more money than any previous candidate for the office. But some pundits predict he’ll outdo himself in 2012.
Local political action committees aren’t the only players in the municipal elections- businesses also have a vested interest in who runs what. The political clout of corporations goes far back and the private sector has helped anoint many a king – locally and at the national level.
In this installment of WBEZ's political podcast The Best Game in Town, we take a dive into the giant pool of money that is campaign cash: How much, where from, to whom and how to.First: a primer on new campaign finance rules in the Prairie State, with Cindi Canary of the Illinois Campaign f
The results of a fiercely contested Cook County election are exposing a gulf between white liberals and minority voters.Forrest Claypool’s anti-machine rhetoric has proven popular over the years with white progressives.