WBEZ | Code of Fair Campaign Practices http://www.wbez.org/tags/code-fair-campaign-practices Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Do you promise to run a fair campaign? http://www.wbez.org/story/do-you-promise-run-fair-campaign-95741 <p><p>A relatively small number of political candidates in Illinois have signed a pledge to run an honest and fair campaign in 2012. Candidates who sign the Code of Fair Campaign Practices promise not to slander their opponents, and to limit attacks to legitimate challenges to their records.</p><p>WBEZ's Sam Hudzik joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>'s Tony Sarabia to discuss this pledge.&nbsp; Listen to their conversation here:<br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483862-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-january/2012-01-23/1-23-loyalty-oath.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>CODE: </strong>Read it (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/FCP%20form_0.pdf">PDF</a>)<br> <strong>WHO SIGNED IT?</strong> List from state election board (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/FCP%202012%20ELECTIONS.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>This election cycle, a couple hundred candidates from across the state filed the code with the Illinois State Election Board.</p><p>Making up an outsized portion of that total given its population is Vermillion County in east-central Illinois. The county clerk, Lynn Foster, said her staff makes sure people know about the code.</p><p>"I won't say that we encourage them to do it. But we let them know that it's available and an option to them. And many of our candidates are very interested in it," Foster said. "I'm not saying our candidates are better or nicer or more wonderful than anyone else. But clean elections and fair campaign practices in general are of concern to people in our communities."</p><p>The code got its start in 1990, when then-state Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch led the effort to get it on the books. There's no enforcement bite to the code, and it's entirely optional.</p><p>"By First Amendment principles, I couldn't make it a mandatory code with prison sentences or whatever criminal violations," Netsch said in a 2009 interview. "We thought about that a good deal, and [were] quite convinced that would have been tossed out."</p><p>Just one of Illinois' four legislative leaders, House Republican leader Tom Cross, has filed the fair campaign code this election season.</p><p>The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform sends a copy of the code to state and local candidates each election season asking them to sign it, according to David Morrison, the group's deputy director.</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/do-you-promise-run-fair-campaign-95741 Illinois pols swear they aren't communists http://www.wbez.org/story/loyaltyoath <p><p>Three quarters of the candidates in Illinois for the U.S. House have signed a loyalty oath to the United States. The optional form, submitted along with ballot paperwork, asks candidates to swear they're not communists.</p><p><strong>LOYALTY OATH:</strong> Read it (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/loyalty.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>You can rest assured that candidates signing the oath don't plan to teach or advocate for the overthrow of the government, and that they're not affiliated with any communist groups or communist-front groups.</p><p>The oath used to be mandatory, but a federal court decision four decades ago made it optional. And while communism isn't much of a campaign topic these days, the loyalty oath is still popular.</p><p>The signees, according to the state election board, include 56 current candidates for Congress in Illinois, including all incumbents except for Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky.</p><p>"As a loyal American I did not submit a loyalty oath because it is an unconstitutional vestige of McCarthyism and a direct violation of the fundamental values that make America great," Schakowsky explained in a statement.</p><p>Three of Illinois' four state legislative leaders signed the loyalty oath, with Senate President John Cullerton the only exception.</p><p>A signed oath was included among the paperwork by two presidential candidates on the ballot in Illinois: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. The others who filed - President Barack Obama, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer - did not turn in the loyalty oath.</p><p><strong>WHO SIGNED IT?</strong> Full list from election board (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/Loyalty%20Oath%20signees.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Illinois U.S. House District</th><th>Candidate</th><th>Loyalty Oath</th></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>* Bobby L. Rush (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Clifford M. Russell, Jr. (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Jordam Sims (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Fred Smith (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Raymond M. Lodato (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Harold L. Bailey (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Frederick Collins (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Donald E. Peloquin (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Jimmy Lee Tillman II (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>* Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>Deborah "Debbie" Halvorson (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>James H. Taylor, Sr. (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>Brian Woodworth (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>* Daniel William Lipinski (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Farah Baqai (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Arthur J. Jones (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Richard L. Grabowski (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Jim Falvey (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>* Luis V. Gutierrez (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>* Mike Quigley (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>Dan Schmitt (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Leslie Coolidge (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Geoffrey Petzel (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Tim Ritter (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Maureen E. Yates (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>* Peter J. Roskam (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>Jacques A. Conway (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>* Danny K. Davis (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Tammy Duckworth (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Robert Gregory Canfield (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Richard Evans (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>* Joe Walsh (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>* Janice D. Schakowsky (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Simon Ribeiro (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Timothy C. Wolfe (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Susanne Atanus (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Vivek Bavda (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Brad Schneider (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Ilya Sheyman (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>John Tree (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Aloys Rutagwibira (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>* Robert Dold (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Bill Foster (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Jim Hickey (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Juan Thomas (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>* Judy Biggert (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>John A. "Jack" Cunningham (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Diane M. Harris (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Brad Harriman (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Christopher Miller (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Kenneth Charles Weizer (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Rodger Cook (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Jason Plummer (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Theresa Kormos (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Teri Newman (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>David M. Gill (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Matthew J. Goetten (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Michael Firsching (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>* Tim Johnson (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Frank L. Metzger (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>Dennis Anderson (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>Jonathan Farnick (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>* Randy M. Hultgren (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>Angela Michael (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>* John M. Shumkus (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>* Adam Kinzinger (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>* Donald A. Manzullo (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>Greg Aguilar (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>Cheri Bustos (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>George Gaulrapp (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>* Bobby Schilling (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Steve Waterworth (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Matthew A. Woodmancy (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>* Aaron Schock (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Darrel Miller (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr></tbody></table><p>(* indicates incumbent member of Congress)</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/loyaltyoath