One of the most important pieces of legislation approved by the
General Assembly in 2008 was the approval of the "pay-to-play"
reforms contained in
House Bill 824.
House Bill 824 bans state contractors from
giving campaign contributions to the statewide officeholder
responsible for awarding their contracts, as well as contributions
to declared candidates for the statewide office awarding the
contracts. The measure will apply to all contracts totaling $50,000
The new law will require businesses with contracts or pending
bids to register with the State Board of Elections. This includes
registering affiliated entities, owners and key executives, and
contractors are obliged to notify legislators they donate to that
they are registered with the State Board of Elections.
The State Board of Elections will be required to maintain a
searchable database of all the names of contractors, affiliated
individuals and entities. Those found in violation of the law could
have their contracts voided, and incomplete or falsified filings
with the State Board of Elections would be considered a criminal
offense, punishable by a fine.
For a listing of all new state laws,
[Text from file received from
Illinois Senate Republicans]