RFI in the News

Weighing in on a Campaign Gas Giveaway

A mayoral candidate in Dolton recently announced that she was giving away $25 gas fill ups. But is it legal? Reform for Illinois Board Member David Melton spoke with WBBM Radio about the legality of this type of giveaway during…

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Keeping the Public Informed on Ethics Legislation

In the final hours of the lame duck session of the 101st General Assembly, lawmakers hurriedly introduced and attempted to pass an ethics bill with major policy changes that had not been seen by members of the public. Reform for…

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Our Pandemic Elections Aren’t Over Yet

Since the November elections, Reform for Illinois has been working with Promote the Vote, a coalition of civic organizations, to discuss the steps that must be taken to ensure that citizens can safely cast their vote in the upcoming elections…

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Could 2021 Be Illinois’ Year for Reform?

Illinois is no stranger to political corruption, but with the scandals of 2020, have the people finally had enough? Executive Director Alisa Kaplan spoke with Law360 about the events of the past year and the opportunities for change in 2021….

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Where the money is going in this year’s races

A.D. Quig of Crain’s Chicago Business analyzed the biggest contributors to this year’s Illlinois contests and where that money has gone. RFI Executive Director Alisa Kaplan provided perspective on the spending by House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President Don Harmon…

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The Center Square highlights the self-funding loophole

Cole Lauterbach of The Center Square spoke covered RFI’s recent report on the Illinois self-funding loophole by RFI Policy Analyst Isaac Wink and Executive Director Alisa Kaplan. Lauterbach spoke with Kaplan about how the self-funding provision, which was intended to level the…

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