Democracy For The People Updates

News Release | Democracy

Illinois Senate Takes Bipartisan Step to Lessen Influence of Big Money in Elections

The Illinois Senate voted 31-23 in a bipartisan vote to lessen the influence of big money in Illinois elections by passing Senate Bill 1424. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Biss and championed by good government groups Fair Elections Illinois, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, and Illinois Public Interest Research Group, would create a small donor matching system, wherein candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds for small contributions by voluntarily agreeing to forgo big money and corporate contributions. A similar system has existed in New York City for decades and has been adopted by other jurisdictions in recent years.

News Release | Illinois PIRG | Democracy

Legislation will Raise the Voices of Ordinary Citizens in our Democracy

I applaud Senator Biss for introducing critical legislation to raise the voices of ordinary citizens in our democracy.

While I am disappointed that Illinois voters won’t get the chance to weigh in this fall on the way legislative maps are drawn, I am optimistic about the growing bipartisan support building for political reform in Illinois.

News Release | Illinois PIRG | Democracy

Just Democracy Illinois Reaction to Governor Rauner Veto of Automatic Voter Registration

We are deeply disappointed by Governor Rauner's decision to veto bipartisan automatic voter registration legislation.

Today, the Illinois State Senate passed Illinois PIRG-supported Automatic Voter Registration legislation with bi-partisan support.

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