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Illinois senators aim to ban campaigning by agency directors

Illinois state senators from different parties have introduced legislation that would ban state agency directors and other high-level gubernatorial appointees from campaigning for political candidates.

The proposal wouldn't put new restrictions on officials' financial donations to campaigns but would bar them from appearing in commercials or participating in political events. It was modeled after the federal Hatch Act, a 1939 law that limits the political activities of federal employees, and similar laws exist in 43 other states.

Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar and Republican state Sen. Sam McCann announced the proposal Wednesday, saying it's an important expansion of...