CHICAGO -- A review of campaign contributions made to Gov. Jim Edgar of Illinois in 1993 shows tens of thousands of dollars given by securities and law firms that were awarded state bonding business.
Eighteen of the 24 firms picked by the governor's office for two negotiated state bond deals sold last fall contributed money or sponsored a fund-raiser for Edgar. Those contributions totaled $106,000. Two law firms that were picked as bond counsel for state deals in fiscal 1994 and 1995 contributed a total of $31,500 to the campaign.