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ELECTIONS
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.

10 ILCS 5/9-1.10

    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.10) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-1.10)
    Sec. 9-1.10. Public Office. "Public office" means any elective office or judicial office subject to retention.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-1.10b

    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.10b)
    Sec. 9-1.10b. Severability. The provisions of this amendatory Act of 1995 are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 89-405, eff. 11-8-95.)

10 ILCS 5/9-1.11

    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.11) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-1.11)
    Sec. 9-1.11. "Public official" means any person who is elected or appointed to public office.
(Source: P.A. 78-1183.)

10 ILCS 5/9-1.12

    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.12) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-1.12)
    Sec. 9-1.12. Anything of value. "Anything of value" means any item, thing, service, or good, regardless of whether it may be valued in monetary terms according to ascertainable market value. Anything of value which does not have an ascertainable market value must be reported by describing the item, thing, service, or good contributed and by using the contributor's certified market value required under Section 9-6.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-1.13

    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.13) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-1.13)
    Sec. 9-1.13. Transfer of funds. "Transfer of funds" means any conveyance of money from one political committee to another political committee.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-1.14

    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.14)
    Sec. 9-1.14. Electioneering communication.
    (a) "Electioneering communication" means, for the purposes of this Article, any broadcast, cable, or satellite communication, including radio, television, or Internet communication, that (1) refers to (i) a clearly identified candidate or candidates who will appear on the ballot for nomination for election, election, or retention, (ii) a clearly identified political party, or (iii) a clearly identified question of public policy that will appear on the ballot, (2) is made within (i) 60 days before a general election or consolidated election or (ii) 30 days before a primary election, (3) is targeted to the relevant electorate, and (4) is susceptible to no reasonable interpretation other than as an appeal to vote for or against a clearly identified candidate for nomination for election, election, or retention, a political party, or a question of public policy.
    (b) "Electioneering communication" does not include:
        (1) A communication, other than an advertisement,
    
appearing in a news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any legitimate news organization, unless the facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate.
        (2) A communication made solely to promote a
    
candidate debate or forum that is made by or on behalf of the person sponsoring the debate or forum.
        (3) A communication made as part of a non-partisan
    
activity designed to encourage individuals to vote or to register to vote.
        (4) A communication by an organization operating and
    
remaining in good standing under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
        (5) A communication exclusively between a labor
    
organization, as defined under federal or State law, and its members.
        (6) A communication exclusively between an
    
organization formed under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and its members.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 7-1-10.)

10 ILCS 5/9-1.15

    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.15)
    Sec. 9-1.15. Independent expenditure. "Independent expenditure" means any payment, gift, donation, or expenditure of funds (i) by a natural person or political committee for the purpose of making electioneering communications or of expressly advocating for or against the nomination for election, election, retention, or defeat of a clearly identifiable public official or candidate or for or against any question of public policy to be submitted to the voters and (ii) that is not made in connection, consultation, or concert with or at the request or suggestion of the public official or candidate, the public official's or candidate's designated political committee or campaign, or the agent or agents of the public official, candidate, or political committee or campaign.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 7-1-10; 97-766, eff. 7-6-12.)

10 ILCS 5/9-2

    (10 ILCS 5/9-2) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-2)
    Sec. 9-2. Political committee designations.
    (a) Every political committee shall be designated as a (i) candidate political committee, (ii) political party committee, (iii) political action committee, (iv) ballot initiative committee, or (v) independent expenditure committee.
    (b) Beginning January 1, 2011, no public official or candidate for public office may maintain or establish more than one candidate political committee for each office that public official or candidate holds or is seeking. The name of each candidate political committee shall identify the name of the public official or candidate supported by the candidate political committee. If a candidate establishes separate candidate political committees for each public office, the name of each candidate political committee shall also include the public office to which the candidate seeks nomination for election, election, or retention. If a candidate establishes one candidate political committee for multiple offices elected at different elections, then the candidate shall designate an election cycle, as defined in Section 9-1.9, for purposes of contribution limitations and reporting requirements set forth in this Article. No political committee, other than a candidate political committee, may include the name of a candidate in its name.
    (c) Beginning January 1, 2011, no State central committee of a political party, county central committee of a political party, committee formed by a ward or township committeeperson, or committee established for the purpose of electing candidates to the General Assembly may maintain or establish more than one political party committee. The name of the committee must include the name of the political party.
    (d) Beginning January 1, 2011, no natural person, trust, partnership, committee, association, corporation, or other organization or group of persons forming a political action committee shall maintain or establish more than one political action committee. The name of a political action committee must include the name of the entity forming the committee. This subsection does not apply to independent expenditure committees.
    (e) Beginning January 1, 2011, the name of a ballot initiative committee must include words describing the question of public policy and whether the group supports or opposes the question.
    (f) Every political committee shall designate a chair and a treasurer. The same person may serve as both chair and treasurer of any political committee. A candidate who administers his own campaign contributions and expenditures shall be deemed a political committee for purposes of this Article and shall designate himself as chair, treasurer, or both chair and treasurer of such political committee. The treasurer of a political committee shall be responsible for keeping the records and filing the statements and reports required by this Article.
    (g) No contribution and no expenditure shall be accepted or made by or on behalf of a political committee at a time when there is a vacancy in the office of chair or treasurer thereof. No expenditure shall be made for or on behalf of a political committee without the authorization of its chair or treasurer, or their designated agents.
    (h) For purposes of implementing the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, every political committee in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly shall make the designation required by this Section by December 31, 2010.
(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19.)

10 ILCS 5/9-3

    (10 ILCS 5/9-3) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-3)
    Sec. 9-3. Political committee statement of organization.
    (a) Every political committee shall file with the State Board of Elections a statement of organization within 10 business days of the creation of such committee, except any political committee created within the 30 days before an election shall file a statement of organization within 2 business days in person, by facsimile transmission, or by electronic mail. Any change in information previously submitted in a statement of organization shall be reported, as required for the original statement of organization by this Section, within 10 days following that change. The Board shall impose a civil penalty of $50 per business day upon political committees for failing to file or late filing of a statement of organization. Such penalties shall not exceed $5,000, and shall not exceed $10,000 for statewide office political committees. There shall be no fine if the statement is mailed and postmarked at least 72 hours prior to the filing deadline.
    In addition to the civil penalties authorized by this Section, the State Board of Elections or any other political committee may apply to the circuit court for a temporary restraining order or a preliminary or permanent injunction against the political committee to cease the expenditure of funds and to cease operations until the statement of organization is filed.
    For the purpose of this Section, "statewide office" means the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, and State Comptroller.
    (b) The statement of organization shall include:
        (1) the name and address of the political committee
    
and the designation required by Section 9-2;
        (2) the scope, area of activity, party affiliation,
    
and purposes of the political committee;
        (3) the name, address, and position of each custodian
    
of the committee's books and accounts;
        (4) the name, address, and position of the
    
committee's principal officers, including the chairman, treasurer, and officers and members of its finance committee, if any;
        (5) the name and address of any sponsoring entity;
        (6) a statement of what specific disposition of
    
residual fund will be made in the event of the dissolution or termination of the committee;
        (7) a listing of all banks or other financial
    
institutions, safety deposit boxes, and any other repositories or custodians of funds used by the committee; and
        (8) the amount of funds available for campaign
    
expenditures as of the filing date of the committee's statement of organization.
    For purposes of this Section, a "sponsoring entity" is (i) any person, organization, corporation, or association that contributes at least 33% of the total funding of the political committee or (ii) any person or other entity that is registered or is required to register under the Lobbyist Registration Act and contributes at least 33% of the total funding of the political committee.
    (c) Each statement of organization required to be filed in accordance with this Section shall be verified, dated, and signed by either the treasurer of the political committee making the statement or the candidate on whose behalf the statement is made and shall contain substantially the following verification:
"VERIFICATION:
    I declare that this statement of organization (including any accompanying schedules and statements) has been examined by me and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, is a true, correct, and complete statement of organization as required by Article 9 of the Election Code. I understand that willfully filing a false or incomplete statement is subject to a civil penalty of at least $1,001 and up to $5,000.
................  ..........................................
(date of filing) (signature of person making the statement)". 
    (d) The statement of organization for a ballot initiative committee also shall include a verification signed by the chairperson of the committee that (i) the committee is formed for the purpose of supporting or opposing a question of public policy, (ii) all contributions and expenditures of the committee will be used for the purpose described in the statement of organization, (iii) the committee may accept unlimited contributions from any source, provided that the ballot initiative committee does not make contributions or expenditures in support of or opposition to a candidate or candidates for nomination for election, election, or retention, and (iv) failure to abide by these requirements shall deem the committee in violation of this Article.
    (d-5) The statement of organization for an independent expenditure committee also shall include a verification signed by the chairperson of the committee that (i) the committee is formed for the exclusive purpose of making independent expenditures, (ii) all contributions and expenditures of the committee will be used for the purpose described in the statement of organization, (iii) the committee may accept unlimited contributions from any source, provided that the independent expenditure committee does not make contributions to any candidate political committee, political party committee, or political action committee, and (iv) failure to abide by these requirements shall deem the committee in violation of this Article.
    (e) For purposes of implementing the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, every political committee in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly shall file the statement required by this Section with the Board by December 31, 2010.
(Source: P.A. 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)

10 ILCS 5/9-3.5

    (10 ILCS 5/9-3.5)
    Sec. 9-3.5. Candidate political committee restrictions.
    (a) A person who is nominated to an affected office shall not: (i) serve as an officer of a candidate political committee that is designated to support or oppose that person as a candidate; or (ii) be a candidate who is designated as the candidate to be supported by a candidate political committee.
    (b) Within 30 days after appointment, the person shall: (i) dissolve the candidate political committee; (ii) resign as an officer of the candidate political committee; (iii) have his or her name removed as the candidate to be supported by the candidate political committee; or (iv) notify the Board of the person's intent to convert the candidate political committee to a limited activity candidate political committee.
    (c) As used in this Section, "affected office" has the meaning provided in subsection (c) of Section 3A-50 of the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
(Source: P.A. 102-664, eff. 1-1-22.)

10 ILCS 5/9-4

    (10 ILCS 5/9-4) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-4)
    Sec. 9-4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-615, eff. 11-19-03. Repealed by P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-5

    (10 ILCS 5/9-5) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-5)
    Sec. 9-5. Dissolved or inactive committee. Any political committee which, after having filed a statement of organization, dissolves as a political committee or determines that it will no longer receive any campaign contributions nor make any campaign expenditures shall notify the Board of that fact and file with the Board a final report with respect to its contributions and expenditures, including the final disposition of its funds and assets.
    In the event that a political committee dissolves, all contributions in its possession, after payment of the committee's outstanding liabilities, including staff salaries, shall be refunded to the contributors in amounts not exceeding their individual contributions, or transferred to other political or charitable organizations consistent with the positions of the committee or the candidates it represented. In no case shall these funds be used for the personal aggrandizement of any committee member or campaign worker.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-6

    (10 ILCS 5/9-6) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-6)
    Sec. 9-6. Accounting for contributions.
    (a) A person who collects or accepts a contribution for a political committee shall, within 5 days after receipt of such contribution, submit to the treasurer a detailed account of the contribution, including (i) the amount, (ii) the name and address of the person making such contribution, (iii) the date on which the contribution was received, and (iv) the name and address of the person collecting or accepting the contribution for the political committee. A political committee shall disclose on the quarterly statement the name, address, and occupation of any person who collects or accepts contributions from at least 5 persons in the aggregate of $3,000 or more outside of the presence of a candidate or not in connection with a fundraising event sanctioned or coordinated by the political committee during a reporting period. This subsection does not apply to a person who is an officer of the committee, a compensated employee, a person authorized by an officer or the candidate of a committee to accept contributions on behalf of the committee, or an entity used for processing financial transactions by credit card or other means.
    (b) Within 5 business days of contributing goods or services to a political committee, the contributor shall submit to the treasurer a detailed account of the contribution, including (i) the name and address of the person making the contribution, (ii) a description and market value of the goods or services, and (iii) the date on which the contribution was made.
    (c) All funds of a political committee shall be segregated from, and may not be commingled with, any personal funds of officers, members, or associates of such committee.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-7

    (10 ILCS 5/9-7) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-7)
    Sec. 9-7. Records and accounts.
    (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the treasurer of a political committee shall keep a detailed and exact account of-
        (a) the total of all contributions made to or for the
    
committee;
        (b) the full name and mailing address of every person
    
making a contribution and the date and amount thereof;
        (c) the total of all expenditures made by or on
    
behalf of the committee;
        (d) the full name and mailing address of every person
    
to whom any expenditure is made, and the date and amount thereof;
        (e) proof of payment, stating the particulars, for
    
every expenditure made by or on behalf of the committee.
    The treasurer shall preserve all records and accounts required by this section for a period of 2 years.
    (2) The treasurer of a political committee shall keep a detailed and exact account of the total amount of contributions made to or for a committee at an event licensed under Section 8.1 of the Raffles and Poker Runs Act. For an event licensed under Section 8.1, the treasurer is not required to keep a detailed and exact account of the full name and mailing address of a person who purchases tickets at the event in an amount that does not exceed $150.
(Source: P.A. 97-766, eff. 7-6-12; 98-644, eff. 6-10-14.)

10 ILCS 5/9-7.5

    (10 ILCS 5/9-7.5)
    Sec. 9-7.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05. Repealed by P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-8

    (10 ILCS 5/9-8) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-8)
    Sec. 9-8. Any political committee which solicits or receives contributions or makes expenditures on behalf of any candidate that is not authorized in writing by such candidate to do so shall include a notice on the face or front page of all literature and advertisements published and following all commercials broadcast, that are authorized by the committee and that mention the candidate, stating that the committee is not authorized by such candidate and that such candidate is not responsible for the activities of such committee.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)

10 ILCS 5/9-8.5

    (10 ILCS 5/9-8.5)
    Sec. 9-8.5. Limitations on campaign contributions.
    (a) It is unlawful for a political committee to accept contributions except as provided in this Section.
    (b) During an election cycle, a candidate political committee may not accept contributions with an aggregate value over the following: (i) $5,000 from any individual, (ii) $10,000 from any corporation, labor organization, or association, or (iii) $50,000 from a candidate political committee or political action committee. A candidate political committee may accept contributions in any amount from a political party committee except during an election cycle in which the candidate seeks nomination at a primary election. During an election cycle in which the candidate seeks nomination at a primary election, a candidate political committee may not accept contributions from political party committees with an aggregate value over the following: (i) $200,000 for a candidate political committee established to support a candidate seeking nomination to statewide office, (ii) $125,000 for a candidate political committee established to support a candidate seeking nomination to the Senate, the Supreme Court or Appellate Court in the First Judicial District, or an office elected by all voters in a county with 1,000,000 or more residents, (iii) $75,000 for a candidate political committee established to support a candidate seeking nomination to the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court or Appellate Court for a Judicial District other than the First Judicial District, an office elected by all voters of a county of fewer than 1,000,000 residents, and municipal and county offices in Cook County other than those elected by all voters of Cook County, and (iv) $50,000 for a candidate political committee established to support the nomination of a candidate to any other office. A candidate political committee established to elect a candidate to the General Assembly may accept contributions from only one legislative caucus committee. A candidate political committee may not accept contributions from a ballot initiative committee or from an independent expenditure committee.
    (b-5) Judicial elections.
        (1) In addition to any other provision of this
    
Section, a candidate political committee established to support a candidate seeking nomination to the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, or Circuit Court may not:
            (A) accept contributions from any entity that
        
does not disclose the identity of those who make contributions to the entity, except for contributions that are not required to be itemized by this Code; or
            (B) accept contributions from any out-of-state
        
person, as defined in this Article.
        (2) As used in this subsection, "contribution" has
    
the meaning provided in Section 9-1.4 and also includes the following that are subject to the limits of this Section:
            (A) expenditures made by any person in concert or
        
cooperation with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate, his or her designated committee, or their agents; and
            (B) the financing by any person of the
        
dissemination, distribution, or republication, in whole or in part, of any broadcast or any written, graphic, or other form of campaign materials prepared by the candidate, his or her campaign committee, or their designated agents.
        (3) As to contributions to a candidate political
    
committee established to support a candidate seeking nomination to the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, or Circuit Court:
            (A) No person shall make a contribution in the
        
name of another person or knowingly permit his or her name to be used to effect such a contribution.
            (B) No person shall knowingly accept a
        
contribution made by one person in the name of another person.
            (C) No person shall knowingly accept
        
reimbursement from another person for a contribution made in his or her own name.
            (D) No person shall make an anonymous
        
contribution.
            (E) No person shall knowingly accept any
        
anonymous contribution.
            (F) No person shall predicate (1) any benefit,
        
including, but not limited to, employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, bonus compensation, and transfers, or (2) any other gift, transfer, or emolument upon:
                (i) the decision by the recipient of that
            
benefit to donate or not to donate to a candidate; or
                (ii) the amount of any such donation.
        (4) No judicial candidate or political committee
    
established to support a candidate seeking nomination to the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, or Circuit Court shall knowingly accept any contribution or make any expenditure in violation of the provisions of this Section. No officer or employee of a political committee established to support a candidate seeking nomination to the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, or Circuit Court shall knowingly accept a contribution made for the benefit or use of a candidate or knowingly make any expenditure in support of or opposition to a candidate or for electioneering communications in relation to a candidate in violation of any limitation designated for contributions and expenditures under this Section.
        (5) Where the provisions of this subsection (b-5)
    
conflict with any other provision of this Code, this subsection (b-5) shall control.
    (c) During an election cycle, a political party committee may not accept contributions with an aggregate value over the following: (i) $10,000 from any individual, (ii) $20,000 from any corporation, labor organization, or association, or (iii) $50,000 from a political action committee. A political party committee may accept contributions in any amount from another political party committee or a candidate political committee, except as provided in subsection (c-5). Nothing in this Section shall limit the amounts that may be transferred between a political party committee established under subsection (a) of Section 7-8 of this Code and an affiliated federal political committee established under the Federal Election Code by the same political party. A political party committee may not accept contributions from a ballot initiative committee or from an independent expenditure committee. A political party committee established by a legislative caucus may not accept contributions from another political party committee established by a legislative caucus.
    (c-5) During the period beginning on the date candidates may begin circulating petitions for a primary election and ending on the day of the primary election, a political party committee may not accept contributions with an aggregate value over $50,000 from a candidate political committee or political party committee. A political party committee may accept contributions in any amount from a candidate political committee or political party committee if the political party committee receiving the contribution filed a statement of nonparticipation in the primary as provided in subsection (c-10). The Task Force on Campaign Finance Reform shall study and make recommendations on the provisions of this subsection to the Governor and General Assembly by September 30, 2012. This subsection becomes inoperative on July 1, 2013 and thereafter no longer applies.
    (c-10) A political party committee that does not intend to make contributions to candidates to be nominated at a general primary election or consolidated primary election may file a Statement of Nonparticipation in a Primary Election with the Board. The Statement of Nonparticipation shall include a verification signed by the chairperson and treasurer of the committee that (i) the committee will not make contributions or coordinated expenditures in support of or opposition to a candidate or candidates to be nominated at the general primary election or consolidated primary election (select one) to be held on (insert date), (ii) the political party committee may accept unlimited contributions from candidate political committees and political party committees, provided that the political party committee does not make contributions to a candidate or candidates to be nominated at the primary election, and (iii) failure to abide by these requirements shall deem the political party committee in violation of this Article and subject the committee to a fine of no more than 150% of the total contributions or coordinated expenditures made by the committee in violation of this Article. This subsection becomes inoperative on July 1, 2013 and thereafter no longer applies.
    (d) During an election cycle, a political action committee may not accept contributions with an aggregate value over the following: (i) $10,000 from any individual, (ii) $20,000 from any corporation, labor organization, political party committee, or association, or (iii) $50,000 from a political action committee or candidate political committee. A political action committee may not accept contributions from a ballot initiative committee or from an independent expenditure committee.
    (e) A ballot initiative committee may accept contributions in any amount from any source, provided that the committee files the document required by Section 9-3 of this Article and files the disclosure reports required by the provisions of this Article.
    (e-5) An independent expenditure committee may accept contributions in any amount from any source, provided that the committee files the document required by Section 9-3 of this Article and files the disclosure reports required by the provisions of this Article.
    (e-10) A limited activity committee shall not accept contributions, except that the officer or a candidate the committee has designated to support may contribute personal funds in order to pay for maintenance expenses. A limited activity committee may only make expenditures that are: (i) necessary for maintenance of the committee; (ii) for rent or lease payments until the end of the lease in effect at the time the officer or candidate is confirmed by the Senate; (iii) contributions to 501(c)(3) charities; or (iv) returning contributions to original contributors.
    (f) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit a political committee from dividing the proceeds of joint fundraising efforts; provided that no political committee may receive more than the limit from any one contributor, and provided that an independent expenditure committee may not conduct joint fundraising efforts with a candidate political committee or a political party committee.
    (g) On January 1 of each odd-numbered year, the State Board of Elections shall adjust the amounts of the contribution limitations established in this Section for inflation as determined by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers as issued by the United States Department of Labor and rounded to the nearest $100. The State Board shall publish this information on its official website.
    (h) Self-funding candidates. If a public official, a candidate, or the public official's or candidate's immediate family contributes or loans to the public official's or candidate's political committee or to other political committees that transfer funds to the public official's or candidate's political committee or makes independent expenditures for the benefit of the public official's or candidate's campaign during the 12 months prior to an election in an aggregate amount of more than (i) $250,000 for statewide office or (ii) $100,000 for all other elective offices, then the public official or candidate shall file with the State Board of Elections, within one day, a Notification of Self-funding that shall detail each contribution or loan made by the public official, the candidate, or the public official's or candidate's immediate family. Within 2 business days after the filing of a Notification of Self-funding, the notification shall be posted on the Board's website and the Board shall give official notice of the filing to each candidate for the same office as the public official or candidate making the filing, including the public official or candidate filing the Notification of Self-funding. Notice shall be sent via first class mail to the candidate and the treasurer of the candidate's committee. Notice shall also be sent by e-mail to the candidate and the treasurer of the candidate's committee if the candidate and the treasurer, as applicable, have provided the Board with an e-mail address. Upon posting of the notice on the Board's website, all candidates for that office, including the public official or candidate who filed a Notification of Self-funding, shall be permitted to accept contributions in excess of any contribution limits imposed by subsection (b). If a public official or candidate filed a Notification of Self-funding during an election cycle that includes a general primary election or consolidated primary election and that public official or candidate is nominated, all candidates for that office, including the nominee who filed the notification of self-funding, shall be permitted to accept contributions in excess of any contribution limit imposed by subsection (b) for the subsequent election cycle. For the purposes of this subsection, "immediate family" means the spouse, parent, or child of a public official or candidate.
    (h-5) If a natural person or independent expenditure committee makes independent expenditures in support of or in opposition to the campaign of a particular public official or candidate in an aggregate amount of more than (i) $250,000 for statewide office or (ii) $100,000 for all other elective offices in an election cycle, as reported in a written disclosure filed under subsection (a) of Section 9-8.6 or subsection (e-5) of Section 9-10, then the State Board of Elections shall, within 2 business days after the filing of the disclosure, post the disclosure on the Board's website and give official notice of the disclosure to each candidate for the same office as the public official or candidate for whose benefit or detriment the natural person or independent expenditure committee made independent expenditures. Upon posting of the notice on the Board's website, all candidates for that office in that election, including the public official or candidate for whose benefit or detriment the natural person or independent expenditure committee made independent expenditures, shall be permitted to accept contributions in excess of any contribution limits imposed by subsection (b).
    (h-10) If the State Board of Elections receives notification or determines that a natural person or persons, an independent expenditure committee or committees, or combination thereof has made independent expenditures in support of or in opposition to the campaign of a particular public official or candidate in an aggregate amount of more than (i) $250,000 for statewide office or (ii) $100,000 for all other elective offices in an election cycle, then the Board shall, within 2 business days after discovering the independent expenditures that, in the aggregate, exceed the threshold set forth in (i) and (ii) of this subsection, post notice of this fact on the Board's website and give official notice to each candidate for the same office as the public official or candidate for whose benefit or detriment the independent expenditures were made. Notice shall be sent via first class mail to the candidate and the treasurer of the candidate's committee. Notice shall also be sent by e-mail to the candidate and the treasurer of the candidate's committee if the candidate and the treasurer, as applicable, have provided the Board with an e-mail address. Upon posting of the notice on the Board's website, all candidates of that office in that election, including the public official or candidate for whose benefit or detriment the independent expenditures were made, may accept contributions in excess of any contribution limits imposed by subsection (b).
    (i) For the purposes of this Section, a corporation, labor organization, association, or a political action committee established by a corporation, labor organization, or association may act as a conduit in facilitating the delivery to a political action committee of contributions made through dues, levies, or similar assessments and the political action committee may report the contributions in the aggregate, provided that: (i) contributions made through dues, levies, or similar assessments paid by any natural person, corporation, labor organization, or association in a calendar year may not exceed the limits set forth in this Section; (ii) the corporation, labor organization, association, or a political action committee established by a corporation, labor organization, or association facilitating the delivery of contributions maintains a list of natural persons, corporations, labor organizations, and associations that paid the dues, levies, or similar assessments from which the contributions comprising the aggregate amount derive; and (iii) contributions made through dues, levies, or similar assessments paid by any natural person, corporation, labor organization, or association that exceed $1,000 in a quarterly reporting period shall be itemized on the committee's quarterly report and may not be reported in the aggregate. A political action committee facilitating the delivery of contributions or receiving contributions shall disclose the amount of contributions made through dues delivered or received and the name of the corporation, labor organization, association, or political action committee delivering the contributions, if applicable. On January 1 of each odd-numbered year, the State Board of Elections shall adjust the amounts of the contribution limitations established in this subsection for inflation as determined by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers as issued by the United States Department of Labor and rounded to the nearest $100. The State Board shall publish this information on its official website.
    (j) A political committee that receives a contribution or transfer in violation of this Section shall dispose of the contribution or transfer by returning the contribution or transfer, or an amount equal to the contribution or transfer, to the contributor or transferor or donating the contribution or transfer, or an amount equal to the contribution or transfer, to a charity. A contribution or transfer received in violation of this Section that is not disposed of as provided in this subsection within 30 days after the Board sends notification to the political committee of the excess contribution by certified mail shall escheat to the General Revenue Fund and the political committee shall be deemed in violation of this Section and subject to a civil penalty not to exceed 150% of the total amount of the contribution.
    (k) For the purposes of this Section, "statewide office" means the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer.
    (l) This Section is repealed if and when the United States Supreme Court invalidates contribution limits on committees formed to assist candidates, political parties, corporations, associations, or labor organizations established by or pursuant to federal law.
(Source: P.A. 102-664, eff. 1-1-22; 102-668, eff. 11-15-21.)

10 ILCS 5/9-8.6

    (10 ILCS 5/9-8.6)
    Sec. 9-8.6. Independent expenditures.
    (a) An independent expenditure is not considered a contribution to a political committee. An expenditure made by a natural person or political committee for an electioneering communication in connection, consultation, or concert with or at the request or suggestion of the public official or candidate, the public official's or candidate's candidate political committee, or the agent or agents of the public official, candidate, or political committee or campaign shall not be considered an independent expenditure but rather shall be considered a contribution to the public official's or candidate's candidate political committee.
    A natural person who makes an independent expenditure supporting or opposing a public official or candidate that, alone or in combination with any other independent expenditure made by that natural person supporting or opposing that public official or candidate during any 12-month period, equals an aggregate value of at least $3,000 must file a written disclosure with the State Board of Elections within 2 business days after making any expenditure that results in the natural person meeting or exceeding the $3,000 threshold. A natural person who has made a written disclosure with the State Board of Elections shall have a continuing obligation to report further expenditures in relation to the same election, in $1,000 increments, to the State Board until the conclusion of that election. A natural person who makes an independent expenditure supporting or opposing a public official or candidate that, alone or in combination with any other independent expenditure made by that natural person supporting or opposing that public official or candidate during the election cycle, equals an aggregate value of more than (i) $250,000 for statewide office or (ii) $100,000 for all other elective offices must file a written disclosure with the State Board of Elections within 2 business days after making any expenditure that results in the natural person exceeding the applicable threshold. Each disclosure must identify the natural person, the public official or candidate supported or opposed, the date, amount, and nature of each independent expenditure, and the natural person's occupation and employer.
    (b) Any entity other than a natural person that makes expenditures of any kind in an aggregate amount exceeding $3,000 during any 12-month period supporting or opposing a public official or candidate must organize as a political committee in accordance with this Article.
    (c) Every political committee that makes independent expenditures must report all such independent expenditures as required under Section 9-10 of this Article.
    (d) In the event that a political committee organized as an independent expenditure committee makes a contribution to any other political committee other than another independent expenditure committee or a ballot initiative committee, the State Board shall assess a fine equal to the amount of any contribution received in the preceding 2 years by the independent expenditure committee that exceeded the limits for a political action committee set forth in subsection (d) of Section 9-8.5.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 7-1-10; 97-766, eff. 7-6-12.)

10 ILCS 5/9-8.10

    (10 ILCS 5/9-8.10)
    Sec. 9-8.10. Use of political committee and other reporting organization funds.
    (a) A political committee shall not make expenditures:
        (1) In violation of any law of the United States or
    
of this State.
        (2) Clearly in excess of the fair market value of the
    
services, materials, facilities, or other things of value received in exchange.
        (3) For satisfaction or repayment of any debts other
    
than loans made to the committee or to the public official or candidate on behalf of the committee or repayment of goods and services purchased by the committee under a credit agreement. Nothing in this Section authorizes the use of campaign funds to repay personal loans. The repayments shall be made by check written to the person who made the loan or credit agreement. The terms and conditions of any loan or credit agreement to a committee shall be set forth in a written agreement, including but not limited to the method and amount of repayment, that shall be executed by the chair or treasurer of the committee at the time of the loan or credit agreement. The loan or agreement shall also set forth the rate of interest for the loan, if any, which may not substantially exceed the prevailing market interest rate at the time the agreement is executed.
        (4) For the satisfaction or repayment of any debts or
    
for the payment of any expenses relating to a personal residence. Campaign funds may not be used as collateral for home mortgages.
        (5) For clothing or personal laundry expenses, except
    
clothing items rented by the public official or candidate for his or her own use exclusively for a specific campaign-related event, provided that committees may purchase costumes, novelty items, or other accessories worn primarily to advertise the candidacy.
        (6) For the travel expenses of any person unless the
    
travel is necessary for fulfillment of political, governmental, or public policy duties, activities, or purposes.
        (7) For membership or club dues charged by
    
organizations, clubs, or facilities that are primarily engaged in providing health, exercise, or recreational services; provided, however, that funds received under this Article may be used to rent the clubs or facilities for a specific campaign-related event.
        (8) In payment for anything of value or for
    
reimbursement of any expenditure for which any person has been reimbursed by the State or any person. For purposes of this item (8), a per diem allowance is not a reimbursement.
        (9) For the lease or purchase of or installment
    
payment for a motor vehicle unless the political committee can demonstrate the vehicle will be used primarily for campaign purposes or for the performance of governmental duties. Nothing in this paragraph prohibits a political committee from using political funds to make expenditures related to vehicles not purchased or leased by a political committee, provided the expenditure relates to the use of the vehicle for primarily campaign purposes or the performance of governmental duties. Persons using vehicles not purchased or leased by a political committee may be reimbursed for actual mileage for the use of the vehicle for campaign purposes or for the performance of governmental duties. The mileage reimbursements shall be made at a rate not to exceed the standard mileage rate method for computation of business expenses under the Internal Revenue Code.
        (10) Directly for an individual's tuition or other
    
educational expenses, except for governmental or political purposes directly related to a candidate's or public official's duties and responsibilities.
        (11) For payments to a public official or candidate
    
or his or her family member unless for compensation for services actually rendered by that person. The provisions of this item (11) do not apply to expenditures by a political committee for expenses related to providing childcare for a minor child or care for a dependent family member if the care is reasonably necessary for the public official or candidate to fulfill political or governmental duties. The provisions of this item (11) do not apply to expenditures by a political committee in an aggregate amount not exceeding the amount of funds reported to and certified by the State Board or county clerk as available as of June 30, 1998, in the semi-annual report of contributions and expenditures filed by the political committee for the period concluding June 30, 1998.
    (b) The Board shall have the authority to investigate, upon receipt of a verified complaint, violations of the provisions of this Section. The Board may levy a fine on any person who knowingly makes expenditures in violation of this Section and on any person who knowingly makes a malicious and false accusation of a violation of this Section. The Board may act under this subsection only upon the affirmative vote of at least 5 of its members. The fine shall not exceed $500 for each expenditure of $500 or less and shall not exceed the amount of the expenditure plus $500 for each expenditure greater than $500. The Board shall also have the authority to render rulings and issue opinions relating to compliance with this Section.
    (c) Nothing in this Section prohibits the expenditure of funds of a political committee controlled by an officeholder or by a candidate to defray the customary and reasonable expenses of an officeholder in connection with the performance of governmental and public service functions.
    (d) Nothing in this Section prohibits the funds of a political committee which is controlled by a person convicted of a violation of any of the offenses listed in subsection (a) of Section 10 of the Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act from being forfeited to the State under Section 15 of the Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act.
(Source: P.A. 102-15, eff. 6-17-21.)

10 ILCS 5/9-8.15

    (10 ILCS 5/9-8.15)
    Sec. 9-8.15. Contributions on State property. In addition to any other provision of this Code, the solicitation, acceptance, offer, and making of contributions on State property by public officials, State employees, candidates for elective office, and others are subject to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. If a political committee receives and retains a contribution that is in violation of Section 5-35 of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, then the State Board may impose a civil penalty upon that political committee in an amount equal to 100% of that contribution.
(Source: P.A. 93-615, eff. 11-19-03.)

10 ILCS 5/9-9

    (10 ILCS 5/9-9) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-9)
    Sec. 9-9. Any political committee shall include on all literature and advertisements soliciting funds the following notice:
    "A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website (insert the current website address) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois."
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 1-1-11.)