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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock

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Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style ads and multimillion-dollar political committees. The Democratic Party sent the first of what’s expected to be several mailers criticizing GOP lawmakers. Gov. Bruce Rauner dispensed $400,000 from his $20 million political fund […]

Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style ads and multimillion-dollar political committees.

The Democratic Party sent the first of what’s expected to be several mailers criticizing GOP lawmakers. Gov. Bruce Rauner dispensed $400,000 from his $20 million political fund to fellow Republicans. And two new PACs have banked about $13 million combined since last month.

It’s not unheard of for lawmakers to be targeted during a legislative session. But the activity is amped up this year as the election of a Republican governor brings a new dynamic to the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

With lawmakers heading into the session’s final week, some legislators say the heightened politicking is making progress tougher on major issues such as a new state budget.

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