RFI in the News

Congress should ban stock trading

RFI ED Alisa Kaplan spoke with Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business about U.S. Rep. Newman’s recent stock trades and proposed legislation in Congress to ban sitting members of Congress from trading stocks.  Read the article here.  

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Ethics reform stalls after Madigan indictment

“I think we need to resist the temptation to say, ‘This was just Madigan, one bad apple. Now that Madigan’s gone, the problem is solved,’ ” said RFI ED Alisa Kaplan. “We know in Illinois that’s not true. This is…

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Why uncontested elections are bad for our democracy

“You can’t have accountability for your elected officials without political competitiveness,” said RFI ED Alisa Kaplan, in an interview with The State Journal-Register.  1 in 5 Illinoisans might not get a say in who represents them in the state legislature…

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RFI ED talks corruption, reform after Madigan indictment

RFI ED Alisa Kaplan spoke with The Center Square’s Brett Rowland about how corruption has hurt Illinois, as well as the reforms still needed.  “I think there’s a perception in Illinois that it is hopeless, that Illinois is somehow different,”…

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Talk is cheap with ethics reform

Speaking with Celeste Bott of Law360, RFI ED Alisa Kaplan said that the response of legislators to former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s indictment has been promising, but that significant reforms are still needed.  “We’ve had decades of scandals in…

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One bad apple? Reform needed after Madigan indictment

RFI ED Alisa Kaplan was interviewed on WTTW about the reforms needed in Illinois politics after former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s indictment, including stronger campaign finance rules, an improved Legislative Inspector General office, more limitations on outside employment for…

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RFI Statement: Madigan’s Indictment and the Need for Change

On Wednesday, we learned that former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was indicted for his involvement in a years-long bribery scheme involving the public utility ComEd. The bombshell indictment also alleged that Madigan used his position to steer business to…

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