HB 5850

  • Illinois House Bill
  • 102nd Regular Session
  • Introduced in House
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

Truth In Politics Act


Authorizes the amendatory Act to be cited as the Truth in Politics Act. Includes legislative findings. Amends the Prohibitions and Penalties Article of the Election Code. Creates prohibitions against (i) false or misleading statements to affect a vote, (ii) unlawful attempts to affect the outcome of a campaign, (iii) distribution of materials intending to mislead people on a candidate's incumbency status, and (iv) libel and defamation in political advertising. Provides that, if a person violates the provisions, the person can be enjoined civilly. Provides that a violation of the provisions are Class A misdemeanors. Amends the Fair Campaign Practices Article of the Election Code. Requires (rather than allows) candidates and the chairs of political committees to sign and file the Code of Fair Campaign Practices. Requires a candidate to include in all of the candidate's campaign literature and advertising the following statement: "I am a candidate for (specify office), and I support the accuracy of this message." Provides penalties for failure to timely file a signed Code of Fair Campaign Practices and for violations of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices or other provisions of the Article. Defines terms.

Bill Sponsors (9)


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Jan 10, 2023


Session Sine Die

Dec 06, 2022


Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.

Dec 01, 2022


Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin


Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mark Luft


Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit


Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Maurice A. West, II


Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dave Vella


Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sue Scherer


Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Amy Grant

Nov 29, 2022


First Reading


Referred to Rules Committee

Nov 22, 2022


Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback

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