Observers: Much at stake in Ill. ethics push -

Observers: Much at stake in Ill. ethics push

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers and reform groups are searching for a compromise that would establish Illinois' first limits on campaign donations.

With the clock winding down on the Legislature's fall session, there's plenty at stake. Observers say it would be a major embarrassment if lawmakers fail to act on one of the biggest ethics proposals to follow Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest and impeachment.

Right now, Illinois law places no limits at all on the size of political contributions.

There's general agreement in Springfield to adopt some limits, but top Democratic lawmakers don't want them to cover legislative leaders and political parties. Meanwhile, reform groups say all donations should be limited.

Democrats say they hope to vote this week on a compromise plan. Friday is the last day of the fall legislative session.

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