Comm. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-7) has proposed a small donor match system for countywide elections. The system, which wouldn’t launch until after the 2018 cycle, would cost roughly $4 million every three years, Garcia estimates. Holding up a copy of the Sun-Times with a story about billionaire Ken Griffin’s $20 million donation to Gov. Bruce Rauner, Garcia heralded the system as a way to “get big money out of politics” and restore confidence in government. The proposal was new to commissioners, and to County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s staff.

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