CHICAGO - Efforts to pass ethics legislation aimed at curtailing pay-to-play in state contracting in Illinois advanced this week, but supporters differ over its prospects given a bitter legislative atmosphere and the need to pass operating and capital budgets.

The Senate Executive Committee approved the proposals in a bipartisan 13-to-0 vote that came amid the ongoing corruption trial of a former top fundraiser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich alleging that firms were awarded for campaign contributions with state investment business.

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