The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) was founded in 1997 by former U.S. Sen Paul Simon (D-IL) and then Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra (R). This bipartisan partnership laid the groundwork for ICPR to become a leading reform voice on Illinois campaign finance law, government ethics, and expanding voter education and engagement.
From the 1998 Gift Ban Act, to the 2009 law instituting state campaign finance contribution caps and disclosure requirements, to the 2018 Voter Equipment Modernization Project, our organization has been instrumental in bringing about meaningful reforms that strengthen our democracy and make it work better for everyone.
We were also the nation’s first organization to put state-level campaign finance reports into a searchable, online database, Illinois Sunshine. Along with our research and advocacy, Illinois Sunshine is frequently acknowledged by state, national, and international news media outlets as a key resource for Illinois politics and government.
In September 2018, we relaunched our organization with its new name, Reform for Illinois.