(10 ILCS 5/9-2)
(from Ch. 46, par. 9-2)
Political committee designations.
(a) Every political committee shall be designated as a (i) candidate political committee, (ii) political party committee, (iii) political action committee, (iv) ballot initiative committee, or (v) independent expenditure committee.
(b) Beginning January 1, 2011, no public official or candidate for public office may maintain or establish more than one candidate political committee for each office that public official or candidate holds or is seeking. The name of each candidate political committee shall identify the name of the public official or candidate supported by the candidate political committee. If a candidate establishes separate candidate political committees for each public office, the name of each candidate political committee shall also include the public office to which the candidate seeks nomination for election, election, or retention. If a candidate establishes one candidate political committee for multiple offices elected at different elections, then the candidate shall designate an election cycle, as defined in Section 9-1.9, for purposes of contribution limitations and reporting requirements set forth in this Article.
No political committee, other than a candidate political committee, may include the name of a candidate in its name.
(c) Beginning January 1, 2011, no State central committee of a political party, county central committee of a political party, committee formed by a ward or township committeeman, or committee established for the purpose of electing candidates to the General Assembly may maintain or establish more than one political party committee. The name of the committee must include the name of the political party.
(d) Beginning January 1, 2011, no natural person, trust, partnership, committee, association, corporation, or other organization or group of persons forming a political action committee shall maintain or establish more than one political action committee. The name of a political action committee must include the name of the entity forming the committee. This subsection does not apply to independent expenditure committees.
(e) Beginning January 1, 2011, the name of a ballot initiative committee must include words describing the question of public policy and whether the group supports or opposes the question.
(f) Every political committee shall designate a chairman
and a treasurer. The same person may serve as both chairman and
treasurer of any political committee.
A candidate who administers his own campaign contributions and
expenditures shall be deemed a political committee for purposes of this
Article and shall designate himself as chairman, treasurer, or both
chairman and treasurer of such political committee. The treasurer of a
political committee shall be responsible for keeping the records and
filing the statements and reports required by this Article.
(g) No contribution and no expenditure shall be accepted or made by or on
behalf of a political committee at a time when there is a vacancy in the
office of chairman or treasurer thereof. No expenditure shall be made
for or on behalf of a political committee without the authorization of
its chairman or treasurer, or their designated agents.
(h) For purposes of implementing the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, every political committee in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly shall make the designation required by this Section by December 31, 2010.
(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 7-1-10; 97-766, eff. 7-6-12.)