Featured Reform Priorities in Illinois

Campaign Finance Reform

October 14 2009 at 12:42 PM

Illinois House Committee approves zero spending limits for political parties

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The Illinois House committee approved new campaign finance rules that would not put any limits on spending by political parties and legislative leaders. This…

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October 13 2009 at 04:16 PM

Ill. General Assembly looks into campaign finance reform tomorrow

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Illinois legislators will discuss possible campaign finance reform when the Illinois General Assembly meets tomorrow. While legislators approved

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Election Law & Voting Rights

September 23 2009 at 11:13 PM

Ill. Gov. Quinn selects LWVI to head Census committee

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The League of Women Voters of Illinois has been selected by Governor Pat Quinn as the lead agency for Illinois’ Complete Count Committee: “Everybody In ... No One Left Out!” for Census…

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September 15 2009 at 10:59 AM

Bipartisan group trying to find ways to repair voter registration

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A report issued by the bipartisan group The Pew Center on the States looks for solutions to the country’s outdated, costly and inaccurate voting registration system.

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Ethics in Government

October 09 2009 at 05:05 PM

Illinois legislators consider personal campaign donation limits

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The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform released a statement demanding state legislators create legislation placing limits on donations they give to other candidates.

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August 27 2009 at 02:34 PM

Illinois governor vetoes weak campaign spending bill, will go back to drawing board

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the campaign finance bill he once supported Thursday after the bill’s sponsors and critics said there were too many loopholes.Originally created in…

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Judicial Independence

August 06 2009 at 02:37 PM

Senate confirms Sotomayer

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In a historic 68-31 U.S. Senate vote Thursday, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed the United States’ first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.President Barack Obama selected Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on May 26.Sotomayor will be the 111th person to sit as…

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July 31 2009 at 12:44 PM

Network partners among 20 reform groups to file U.S. Supreme Court brief in Citizens United case

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Justice at Stake, a Midwest Democracy Network policy partner organization issued this news release moments ago. The Network partners signing on to the brief include: Citizen Advocacy Center, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Ohio…

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Media Reform

February 17 2009 at 02:01 PM

Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn suggests removal of derisive political reform slang

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CHICAGO—A Chicago Tribune columnist is even discouraging use of the sometimes-patronizing term “goo-goo” to describe “those who expect and demand better of our elected officials.”

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June 12 2007 at 09:41 AM

Reform Groups Call on FCC to Hold TV Broadcasters Accountable for Inadequate Election Coverage

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CHICAGO -- An alliance of Midwest civic and political reform groups is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose stronger public interest obligations on local television broadcasters as part of the new regulatory framework that will…

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Open Government

August 18 2009 at 04:20 PM

FOIA improvements signed into law

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Gov. Pat Quinn signed several changes to the state’s open records act into law Aug. 17 that will give Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan the ability to interpret what records are public and settle disputes over the Freedom of Information…

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August 05 2009 at 04:15 PM

MALDEF census launch

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Chicago launched an education and awareness campaign to encourage Latinos in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska to participate in the 2010…

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Redistricting

August 11 2009 at 01:05 PM

Network partners among diverse groups agreeing to redistricting principles

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The League of Women Voters of the United States issued the news release below moments ago. Independent state-based Network partners signing on to the statement include: Citizen Advocacy Center, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, Illinois Campaign for Political…

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August 05 2009 at 04:15 PM

MALDEF census launch

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Chicago launched an education and awareness campaign to encourage Latinos in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska to participate in the 2010…

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