We might find out.
I filed this complaint today with the Illinois Election Commission:
2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield IL, 62704
- Endorsing a candidate’s views (done regularly by WJBC and Pantagraph): Sec. 5/9-1.5 “a payment, distribution, purchase, loan, advance, deposit, gift of money, or anything of value, in connection with the nomination for election, election, or retention of any person to or in public office or in connection with any question of public policy;”
- This is “something of value” in connection with the election for mayor
- WJBC and Pantagraph need to file as an independent expenditure committee
- Sec 5/9-1.15 reads:
- ““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.”
- They are advocating for and against the nomination and election of a candidate for the office of mayor
In less than 2 years, the Pantagraph has been paid $338,493.91 and WJBC has been paid $148,965.78 for advertising from local government. Because of this cozy relationship, neither outlet reports real news or they spin it to cover the actions of the current elected officials. Closer to the upcoming local elections both will most likely issue their recommendations on who to vote for. In the past they have always supported the candidates who approve of government-funded entertainment. Obviously, they are protecting their incomes.