CHICAGO -Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed an executive order yesterday, effective at the start of next year, banning campaign contributions to the state's constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly from companies or individuals with state contracts worth at least $50,000.

The governor's surprise action yesterday - that some warn could spur a legal challenge - not only puts into law legislation passed this spring by the General Assembly, but it also broadly extends the new rules to include all state lawmakers. The original legislation only banned businesses with at least $50,000 in state contracts from contributing to the constitutional officer who holds sway over the awarding of their contracts. Several constitutional officers already impose some limits.

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