DuPage County Board passes ethics revision allowing larger campaign donations
In an attempt to align itself with state campaign finance law, the DuPage County Board voted 16-1 in favor of raising the county donation limit from $1,000 to Illinois' state standard of $5,300 at a meeting Aug. 27.
The DuPage County Ethics Ordinance originally forbade donations from an entity or corporate representatives that "obtained or [are] seeking contracts or change orders" with the government. However, the 2010 legislation may have been superceded by the state reform law passed in 2011.
Assistant DuPage County State's Attorney Nancy Wolfe said that this case was different. For example, the county can mandate limits on what gifts elected officials may receive, because a higher state bill expressly gave counties the power to expand on its parameters.
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