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Quinn vetoes campaign reform bill

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[August 28, 2009]  CHICAGO (AP) -- After mounting criticism that it's riddled with loopholes, Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a campaign finance bill he once praised.

HardwareDuring the news conference to announce the veto Thursday, Quinn said, "I think we can do better."

The legislation would have provided the first-ever limits on campaign contributions in Illinois. But critics say it would have allowed outside interest groups and political parties to continue pumping big money into campaigns.

Republican lawmakers and others have called the legislation a sham bill meant only to look like reform in the wake of the scandal surrounding former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

After supporting the bill in the spring, Quinn had been signaling that he might veto it and start over or use his amendatory veto power to rewrite it and send it back to lawmakers.

[Associated Press]

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