Chicago mayor runner-up Paul Vallas’s campaign faces $10,500 fine from ethics board

The Chicago Board of Ethics imposed a $10,500 fine on the campaign of Paul Vallas, who finished second in the mayoral race last year, citing violations of the city’s campaign finance rules.

After a unanimous vote from the city’s ethics board, Vallas for Mayor was fined for going over the limit campaign contributions can be from entities doing business with the city. The board declared Vallas violated campaign contribution limits by accepting $5,000 from an unnamed entity. Chicago has contribution limits for entities with business before the city and certain persons of $1,500 per year to candidates for city office.

The board said Vallas did not respond to its request to refund the $3,500 excess amount, which would have resolved the issue if he responded within 10 days of the notice. Mayor Brandon Johnson’s
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