92nd General Assembly
Status of SB1578
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   New Act                                                                     
   30 ILCS 105/5.570 new                                                       
   35 ILCS 5/506.7 new                                                         
   705 ILCS 105/29                                                             

        Creates  the  Public  Financing  for  Judicial   Campaigns   Act.      
   Provides  that candidates for the office of Judge of the Supreme Court      
   may apply for a public financing  benefit  in  connection  with  their      
   campaign  for office.  Sets requirements for qualifying for the public      
   financing  benefits.   Limits  the  amount  of  private  contributions      
   qualified candidates may accept.  Provides that  qualified  candidates      
   must  be  distributed  a  line  of credit from moneys in the Democracy      
   Trust Fund to be used for lawful political expenditures.  Provides for      
   the increase of the line of credit if  non-complying  candidates  make      
   certain  expenditures.   Sets  penalties  for  violations  of the Act.      
   Prohibits mass mailings on behalf of  candidates  for  the  office  of      
   Judge  of  the Supreme Court using State moneys during the period from      
   June 1 preceding a general election  until  November  30  following  a      
   general election. Provides that the Illinois Supreme Court may, in its      
   discretion,  require  attorneys  to  contribute money to the Democracy      
   Trust Fund. Contains other provisions.  Amends the State Finance  Act.      
   Creates  the Democracy Trust Fund. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act.      
   Provides that $1 from each Illinois income tax of each  individual  be      
   placed into the Democracy Trust Fund, unless the taxpayer indicates an      
   objection  to  the  allocation  on  the income tax return.  Amends the      
   Clerks of the Courts Act. Provides that $1 collected from each  filing      
   fee  and appearance fee of civil cases in which the amount of money or      
   damages or the value of  personal  property  claimed  exceeds  $10,000      
   shall be paid into the Democracy Trust Fund. Effective immediately.         
   JAN-23-2002  S  FIRST READING                                                  
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