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Niles experiments with an elected ethics board

Voters in Niles will elect members of their ethics board on April 4th – which may be the first of its kind in Illinois.  RFI Executive Director Alisa Kaplan was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about what an effective ethics…

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Proft’s super PAC probed by state board of elections

In an interview with Crain’s Chicago Business about a new probe into Dan Proft’s super PAC, RFI Executive Director Alisa Kaplan spoke at length about how super PACs’ ability to raise and spend unlimited sums of money is predicated on…

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Super PAC money floods mayoral race, signals need for reform

RFI ED Alisa Kaplan spoke with Crain’s Chicago Business about how super PACs active in Chicago’s mayoral race this cycle are hiding the identity of their donors and taking advantage of campaign finance loopholes.  “People should always know who’s trying…

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We deserve to know who’s behind super PACs

“While we may not be able to stem the flow of money [to super PACs], at least we can expose where it’s coming from to give that vital information to voters and prevent the corruption that can arise out of…

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Ranked-choice voting builds momentum in Chicago

With a runoff election all but guaranteed in the mayoral race, ranked-choice voting (RCV) is gaining steam in Chicago as a way to prevent runoffs and make elections more democratic. RFI Executive Director Alisa Kaplan was interviewed on Reset with…

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Firms doing business with the city boost super PAC supporting Lightfoot

After a super PAC supporting Mayor Lightfoot’s reelection campaign received contributions from four firms that do business with the city, RFI Executive Director Alisa Kaplan spoke with WTTW about how these contributions skirt Chicago’s anti-pay-to-play contribution limits for candidates.  “Of…

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