Chicago Aldermen: Top Campaign War ChestsTo get into this exclusive club, a worthy candidate needs about $300,000 in seed money.
Watchdog Group Seeks Incentives For Small Campaign DonationsIllinois Public Interest Research Group director Abe Scarr said campaign finance records show contributions of more than $1,000 account for more than 86 percent of all money flowing to the five mayoral campaigns, while less than 2 percent of the dollars came from small contributions of less than $150.
Gore Accuses GOP Of 'Enforced Orthodoxy' To Deny Climate ChangeFormer Vice President Al Gore implored a local crowd to get involved in efforts to address climate change in a speech at the University of Chicago on Monday.
Bernstein: Is 'Kaner' Growing Up?This Blackhawks season is missing something.
Report Links Campaign Contributions To Smart Grid VotesThe Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says ComEd and other backers of the newly passed and re-jiggered Smart Grid bill outspent opponents by a margin of four to one this year on campaign contributions at the state House.
Rep. Jackson Expects To Be Cleared In Ethics ProbeU.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is predicting he'll be "vindicated" by an ethics investigation into whether he or someone on his behalf offered to raise funds for ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
Big Money Helps Get Access To Mayor, Schedule SuggestsGetting face time with Mayor Emanuel isn’t easy. But making big campaign contributions doesn’t hurt your chances, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Lawsuit: State Farm Covered Up Donations To State Supreme Court JusticeA lawsuit has been filed over the last election of an Illinois Supreme Court justice, which was the most expensive in U.S. history.

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