Ill. Supreme Court justice returns campaign funds

January 21, 2008 3:13:04 PM PST
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke's re-election campaign is returning most of her campaign funds to contributors.She has a reported $1.5 million in her war chest. Many of the donations apparently came in before people knew she would be running unopposed in the February 5 Democratic primary.

A political expert from the University of Illinois at Springfield, Kent Redfield, called the move "highly unusual." Redfield said politicians sometimes return individual donations to avoid a scandal but rarely send back donations in bulk.