David Orr

Critics: Gov's race shows need for campaign finance reform

This year's Illinois governor's race between uber-wealthy candidates could be the costliest in U.S. history and perfectly illustrates the need for a campaign finance system that isn't so rigged in favor of the rich, say critics pushing for a system that would match small donations with public funds.

The small-donor matching program won approval in the Illinois Senate last year but its chances are bleak in the state House, despite the attention given to two inordinately wealthy candidates who are financing their campaigns with millions of dollars of their own money.

Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker has already contributed $76.5 million toward his campaign and Republican...

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