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Self-funding loophole allows unlimited contributions in State’s Attorney, Board of Review, and Circuit Court races

Contribution caps have been removed in the State’s Attorney race after candidate Eileen O’Neill Burke and her husband contributed $106,900 to O’Neill Burke’s own campaign, exceeding the $100,000 threshold of self-funding. 

Similar caps were exceeded in the Board of Review and Circuit Court races, from independent expenditure spending in support of Larecia Tucker and from candidate Mariyana Spyropoulos’s self-funding, respectively.

Reform for Illinois Executive Director Alisa Kaplan said that the lifting of contribution caps in these races represented a “normalization of cap-busting and big spending. It’s happening in more and more races, and it’s no longer limited to obviously high stakes races like governor or Chicago mayor.”

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