About Illinois PIRG

Our team of researchers uncovers the facts; our staff bring our findings to the public, through the media as well as one-on-one interactions; and our advocates bring the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of consumers.

An Independent Voice For Consumers

Illinois PIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. 

For decades, we’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests.

Our Top Priorities
Using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation, Illinois PIRG stands up to powerful interests and delivers concrete results. 
 

 
AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR CONSUMERS
For more than 25 years, Illinois PIRG has stood up for consumers against big banks, credit card companies and others when they overcharge or mislead their consumers. >LEARN MORE

 


 
STOP THE OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS
Health professionals are warning that the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is making them less effective for the rest of us. It's time for the Obama administration to put an end to the worst practices. >LEARN MORE

 


 
CONSUMER PROTECTION
Our toy safety reports and lab research have led to recalls of 150 toxic or dangerous toys, and our advocates have pushed to keep toxic chemicals out of all of our consumer products. >LEARN MORE

 


 
LET'S LABEL GMOS
We have the right to know what's in our food to make responsible choices about what we eat. We're calling on Jewel-Osco to stand with their consumers and label GMOs in their store-brand products. >LEARN MORE

  

 
 

 
 

Our Mission
When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, Illinois PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and wellbeing and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation. Illinois PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

Illinois PIRG And The Federation Of State Public Interest Research Groups
Illinois PIRG is an independent, state-based, citizen-funded organization that advocates for the public interest and is a member of U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups.

 

Since 1970, state PIRGs have delivered results-oriented citizen activism, stood up to powerful special interests, and used the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation to win real results on issues that matter.

 

Across the country, state PIRGs employ close to 400 organizers, policy analysts, scientists and attorneys, and are active in 47 states, with a federal lobby office in Washington, D.C. On national issues that impact Illinoisians, we also coordinate our efforts, pool resources, and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact—here in Illinois and for the country at large.

Illinois PIRG Staff - A Partial List
Illinois PIRG is an advocate for the public interest. When consumers are cheated, or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, Illinois PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight for the public interest.

 


 

  ABE SCARR

  Director

  (312) 544-4433 x228

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  PHINEAS BAXANDALL

  Senior Analyst for Tax & Budget Policy

  (617) 747-4351

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ED MIERZWINSKI

Federal Consumer Program Director

(202) 546-9707 x314

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Funded By Our Citizen Members 

Thousands of Illinois PIRG members and supporters fund the staff who conduct the research, public education and advocacy on important issues. You provide the clout that we need to win real results.

Priority Action

The overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is threatening the effectiveness of lifesaving antibiotics. Call on the Obama Administration to put an end to the worst practices.

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Your donation supports Illinois PIRG’s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.

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