The latest on how we’re working for more ethical, efficient government in Illinois.
Are Springfield and D.C. up for the challenge?
We understand this is how a lot of legislation proceeds in Springfield. But the public was promised something different this time. However well-intentioned, measures presented through this rushed process do little to restore trust in government, which is the impetus for ethics reform in the first place.
Prison gerrymandering unfairly skews representation toward downstate districts with prisons and away from Black and Brown communities where people who are incarcerated actually live. According to the most recent data available from the Prison Policy Initiative, 70 percent of the prison population in Illinois is made up of Black and Brown residents. Black Illinoisans make up the single largest demographic group of those incarcerated, by far.
Is it time for systemic rules changes to create a more open, representative government? Yes. Here are a few suggestions for lawmakers to consider.
This year — amidst the pandemic — has truly been challenging, but with the generous support of reform-minded Illinoisans, CHANGE Illinois was able to continue […]
As Illinois House members react to the latest federal corruption indictments, several representatives have raised concerns about the fact that next year is a redistricting […]
Two states, New York and Maryland, ended so-called prison gerrymandering prior to redistricting in 2011. The Land of Lincoln should make following suit a top priority before redistricting begins next year. Here’s why.
What would a Chicago redistricting process look like if it included community input? Well, as it currently stands, we wouldn’t know. That’s because the mandated […]
While some pundits may use this delay to breed distrust in the results, the truth is quite different. Let’s be completely transparent: We rarely have all the official numbers on election night.
In 2020, on the precipice of monumental elections, voters across the country are confronting grave concerns over the integrity of our democracy, fair access to […]
It was clear long, long ago that we need a fully independent and empowered legislative inspector general and much more. How can anyone say otherwise?
How many people need to be affected by a problem before elected officials decide it is worth seriously confronting? A quarter of million people? Half […]