The old adage, “Follow the money” is as true now as it has ever been. Mike Madigan may not be Speaker of the House anymore, but the pay to play culture is alive and well in Illinois. There is a reason Katie Stuart has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Chicago-based special interest groups, labor union bosses and trial lawyers. They know she will sell out her constituents for campaign cash and indeed she consistently votes for and sponsors legislation that does not benefit our district. We need real campaign finance reform to level the playing field and ensure our representatives work for their constituents and not the special interests. I will be the citizen legislator our district needs and deserves.

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