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2018 Q4 Report

Fourth Quarter Campaign Finance Report:  A Cash Divide in Mayoral Race Follows Rich Battle Over Governor’s Seat​ Illinois is known nationally for its political corruption. Now it’s earning another dubious distinction – the high cost to win public office. Recently released campaign…

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Dark Money Finds Local Elections

Dark money has reached Illinois politics, with voters increasingly finding themselves facing ads and mailers paid for by unknown sources with unknown motives. Nationally, spending on campaigns by groups who don’t disclose their donors has been rising for more than a…

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6 Things to Know About Running an Election

RFI advocates for reforms to make voting easier, more secure, and more accessible for everyone. We worked with lawmakers to pass the Voting Equipment Modernization Project this year and are exploring innovative ways to make our elections work better for administrators and voters alike….

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How We Vote: Is Colorado the Future?

On October 1 & 2, Reform for Illinois brought together community leaders, voting experts, and elected officials to discuss the future of voting in Illinois.  Would you change the way you vote? Take our poll below the article.  Long lines, staffing…

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Early Voting in Illinois: Can We Do Better?

Elections used to happen on Election Day. As recently as 2004, Illinois voters had to show up at a polling place in their precinct between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on one specific Tuesday in order to vote. The only…

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