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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Four Campaign Cash Takeaways from the 2020 Elections

While a few local races remain uncalled and officials continue working to ensure that every vote is counted, this year’s election results have taken shape. Here are four key takeaways from this year’s contests. 1. Kenneth Griffin won big. Kenneth…

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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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Six Ways to Fix Illinois’ Self-Funding Loophole

One year after Governor Rod Blagojevich’s 2008 arrest on corruption charges, the Illinois General Assembly responded to calls for reform by establishing the state’s first campaign contribution limits. The law contained a caveat unique to Illinois: in any race with a so-called…

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