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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Illinois politicians react to President Trump's varied statements on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Gov. Rauner signs a pair of gun-control bills while promising to veto another. And the latest campaign finance numbers show the candidates for governor continuing to burn cash at an unprecedented rate. 

Dana Heupel
WUIS/Illinois Issues

“Here are two important things in politics: One is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.’’ 

— Mark Hannah, presidential campaign manager for William McKinley in 1896.

That axiom immerses political candidates in a never-ending whirlpool of fundraising and sometimes prevents potentially qualified challengers from seeking elective office. It also can breed ethical concerns. Witness the plight of Illinois’ last two former governors: George Ryan is in prison; Rod Blagojevich is under indictment — both charged in political fundraising scandals.