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State Week: Illinois law spotlights dark money in judicial campaigns

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Illinois has seen a massive increase in spending on judicial campaigns. Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week signed legislation to prohibit dark money groups, who don't identify their donors, from making financial contributions in those races.

The governor also gave his approval to a package of electric vehicle incentives. And a longtime Illinois House Republican is joining the race for Secretary of State.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel, Emeritus Professor Charlie Wheeler and Lee Enterprises Statehouse Reporter Brenden Moore.

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The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at outlets including WILL-AM/FM, Law360, The Daily Line and a temporary stint at political blog Capitol Fax before returning to the station in 2020.
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