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2016 REPORT: Partisan voting maps lead to decline in voter choices

Partisan redistricting of Illinois state legislative district maps has created continuing partisan bias in election outcomes while making it far less likely that voters will have a choice between candidates of both major parties in the general election. Read the whole report below or click here to view a summary. You can also click here […]

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CHANGE Illinois Launches Statewide Redistricting Ballot Initiative

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 15, 2013 — A growing coalition of prominent and diverse organizations today announced a grassroots campaign to fix the broken process of drawing General Assembly districts in Illinois. CHANGE Illinois! launched the exploratory phase of an effort aimed at giving voters in the November 2014 election the opportunity approve a state Constitutional amendment distancing legislators from the map-drawing process […]

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CHANGE Illinois has 20 Questions for the Candidates

In the wake of the Blagojevich corruption trial, voters want to know where candidates stand on electoral and government reforms CHICAGO, IL – The CHANGE Illinois! coalition has asked every candidate for Governor and the General Assembly to answer 20 straightforward questions on a range of electoral and government reform issues. Created in conjunction with eight reform […]

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CHANGE Illinois says Blagojevich Indictment Underscores Need for Campaign Contribution Limits

CHICAGO – Leaders of the CHANGE Illinois! coalition on Thursday said the federal criminal indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has done additional damage to the state’s reputation and urged state legislators to act quickly to enact limits on campaign contributions. “Rod Blagojevich is just the latest in a very long list of officeholders who […]

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New Coalition Vows to Change Illinois

LEADERS UNITE TO END CULTURE OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION IN ILLINOIS CHICAGO – A coalition of civic, business, professional, non-profit and philanthropic organizations on Thursday launched a campaign to combat Illinois’ culture of political corruption and urged other citizens to join in the battle to demand honest government. The first priority of the non-partisan CHANGE Illinois […]

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CHANGE Illinois oped in Huffington Post

The Huffington Post published an oped from Ra Joy, executive director of CHANGE Illinois. A recent Gallup poll shows us just how low Illinois politics have sunk in the eyes of the public: We rank dead last among the 50 states when in comes to confidence in state government. A shocking 75 percent of those […]

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2016 REPORT: Partisan voting maps lead to decline in voter choices

Partisan redistricting of Illinois state legislative district maps has created continuing partisan bias in election outcomes while making it far less likely that voters will have a choice between candidates of both major parties in the general election. Read the whole report below or click here to view a summary. You can also click here […]

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Progress Illinois: CHANGE Illinois Rallies For Campaign Finance Reform

By Angela Caputo Thursday April 9th, 2009, 4:31pm In the wake of the Blagojevich scandal, many activists and civic-minded residents are hoping that 2009 is the year the Illinois General Assembly finally reforms the state’s lax campaign finance laws. In January, we highlighted a batch of campaign finance reform measures that are being considered in Springfield. Today, the CHANGE […]

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