CHICAGO — New procurement rules aimed at curbing pay to play in contracts awarded by Illinois, its agencies, and its public universities could dampen the flow of creative financing ideas from the public finance community, some market participants believe.

The rules in SB 51, which can be seen at www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/96/096-0795.htm, were approved by the General Assembly and signed into law last year as part of a larger package of ethics reforms that included a ban on political contributions from large state contractors.

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