- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Democratic candidate for Illinois governor has failed to get Senate approval for a plan to provide taxpayer funds to match small contributions to political candidates.

State Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston is a 2018 candidate for the Democratic nomination that includes two independently wealthy candidates: Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker. He is running as a candidate reliant on small-dollar gifts.

Biss is proposing that contributions of $25 to $150 be matched by six times that amount in public funds. It failed by one vote but Biss used a procedure to be able to call it again.

Spending would be capped at $25 million and participating candidates couldn’t accept more than $500 from a single donor.

Republicans criticized the plan because the state is billions of dollars in debt.

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The bill is SB1424 .

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