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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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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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