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April 10, 2009

Starting from scratch in Illinois

The Rod Blagojevich scandal in Illinois appears to have freed his successor, Gov. Pat Quinn (D), to float some fairly bold reforms. First, Quinn would reset campaign treasuries at zero for next year’s governor’s election — candidates wouldn’t be able to use funds they’ve already raised. Second, he would push back the primary until June to abbreviate the campaign season.

The Chicago Tribune has the story. The reaction of Democratic colleagues to Quinn’s ideas — which tend to serve his own political interest, by the way — tells you all you need to know.