Madeleine Doubek – Executive Director

Madeleine Doubek is a passionate, long-time advocate for improving government and politics in Illinois. As the former vice president of policy at the Better Government Association, she was responsible for a new law that limits golden parachutes for public executives. She also worked to stop efforts to limit government transparency and championed laws that boost government efficiency.

Prior to her direct advocacy and policy work, Doubek spent 32 years in journalism, many spent covering local and state government and politics. She has won several regional and national journalism awards during her career. Most recently, her work on Illinois’ historic budget impasse was honored by Voices for Illinois Children and with two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club.

Doubek previously served as publisher of Reboot Illinois, a citizen-focused website covering state politics and government. Before that, Doubek was the former Assistant Vice President/Executive Editor of the suburban Daily Herald. She served as the paper’s political writer, columnist and editor for many years. While there, she also led a team of reporters and editors who wrote an award-winning, 5-part series, “44 Minutes in January,” that told in unprecedented detail the story of the Palatine Brown’s Chicken murders. Her work on series examining homeland security spending, foster care, chronic drunken driving and burgeoning suburban hard-core drug use also was honored with regional and national awards.

Doubek graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a journalism major and political science minor. A native of Chicago’s South Side, she now lives in Des Plaines.

You can follow Madeleine on Twitter: @mdoubek. Any media inquiries for CHANGE Illinois can be sent to her at

Liliana Scales – Advocacy Director

Liliana Scales is the Advocacy Director at CHANGE Illinois where she leads in coalition building on Chicago Fair maps, represents the organization on Just Democracy Illinois and Transform Illinois coalitions and responsible for our Census 2020 efforts.

Prior to coming to CHANGE Illinois, she was the VP of External Relations and Resource Development for Volunteers of America of Illinois, a human services nonprofit in Chicago, serving veterans who are experiencing homelessness and children in foster care, where she was responsible for and lead all fundraising, media, marketing and advocacy efforts. In her spare time, she actively volunteered on congressional and city council campaigns. In addition, she has volunteered at: Horizons for Youth as a mentor, Mujeres Latinas en Accion as a young professional advisory committee member, and the Chicago Foundation for Women giving council.

Liliana is a graduate of John Carroll University where she received her Master’s in Nonprofit Administration. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two dogs.

You can follow her on Twitter: @lili_scales.

Ryan Tolley – Policy Director

Ryan Tolley is the Policy Director at CHANGE Illinois, where he leads lobbying efforts for good government reform on a state, city and county level. Ryan also oversees the creation and execution of CHANGE’s policy agenda. 

Prior to CHANGE, Ryan directed grassroots initiatives and advocacy efforts for the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) giving the small business community a voice on a federal, state and local level. Ryan had a successful track record at the SBAC of passing bipartisan legislation. As a result, he was appointed to the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association. 

In his spare time, Ryan volunteers at Working Bikes, which restores and donates bikes that are distributed to communities locally as well as worldwide. Additionally, Ryan is a member of Logan Square Preservation, who’s mission is to educate, preserve and beautify the historic Logan Square Neighborhood. Ryan is a graduate of NEIU.

You can follow Ryan on Twitter: @rtolley_il.


George Ranney, Former President & CEO of Metropolis Strategies – Board Chair Emeritus

Deborah Harrington, Former President of the Woods Fund – Board Co-Chair

Brad McMillan, Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University – Board Co-Chair

Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy – Board Treasurer

Hon. Kathy Ryg, Former Illinois State Representative – Board Secretary

Bob Gallo, Executive Director of AARP Illinois – Board Member

David Hoffman, Former Illinois State Inspector General – Board Member

Dave Lundy, President of Aileron Communications – Board Member

Andy Shaw, Former President & CEO of the Better Government Association – Board Member

Scott Turow, Author & Former Asst. U.S. Attorney – Board Member

Stevie Valles, Executive Director of Chicago Votes – Board Member

Hon. Corinne Wood, Former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois – Board Member