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RFI Statement: At a time of crisis, ethics bill falls short

On Monday, the General Assembly passed SB539, a long-awaited ethics omnibus bill. After endless scandals and indictments, we had hoped for comprehensive reform that would help restore Illinoisans’ confidence in their government. While SB539 takes some steps in the right direction, we…

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RFI Statement: ILGA passes vote by mail, accessibility expansion

This week, the Illinois legislature passed a bill with two of Reform for Illinois‘ top priorities: making it easier to vote by mail with a “permanent vote by mail list” and improving voting access for people with disabilities. Reform for Illinois has been advocating for these measures…

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Mike Madigan’s influence isn’t fully gone

Executive Director Alisa Kaplan spoke with Greg Bishop of The Center Square to discuss the future of Mike Madigan’s influence over the Democratic Party of Illinois. While he may be gone as a state lawmaker and as the chair of some key…

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Is Real Ethics Reform Coming to Springfield?

With Mike Madigan out as Speaker of the House and Chris Welch now in the top post, along with a slew of prosecutions of former members of the General Assembly, there is now an opportunity like never before in recent…

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The Good Government Implications of Remote Legislating

Illlinois has spent more than $300,000 renting a Springfield convention center so that the House can hold meetings during the pandemic. Rules to allow remote legislating, including remote voting and committee hearings, are on the table, but have not yet…

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