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The Illinois GOP is slamming House Speaker Michael Madigan for accepting a 97-thousand dollar contribution from the SEIU Union, which was reported the same day as the special session on pensions.  Republican leaders claim the cash is connected to the Democrats failure to reform the pension systems, but Political Scientist Kent Redfield says that assessment is too strong.

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Republican leaders claim the cash is connected to the Democrats failure to reform the pension systems, but Political Scientist Kent Redfield says that's not necessarily true.

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Redfield says the unions and other entities support politicians who have established positions.  He doesn't deny that money does influence elections and that the large contribution looks bad to voters.  Many people already believe the game is rigged and the large contribution certainly plays into that notion.  But, Redfield says groups are going to give money to leaders and incumbents whether Madigan is the Speaker or Cross is the Speaker.

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