Quinn gets bill to relax some campaign limits

Staff reports

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Senate today gave final approval Thursday to a bill designed to help political candidates if they are targeted by third-party groups like “Super PACs.”

Senate Bill 3722, approved 30-26, would eliminate limits on campaign contributions Illinois lawmakers passed in 2009 if an outside contributor -- an individual or political action committee -- spends a specified amount of money in an election.

For a statewide race, the threshold is $250,000. In other races, it is $100,000.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has urged Gov. Pat Quinn, who supported the 2009 limits, to veto the measure.