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Illinois Reform Commission

Time for a More Open and Honest Government

Sheila Simon | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Hot dogs, hamburgers and reform. That's what I'm looking forward to this summer holiday season. The conviction of our former governor should cause us to fire up our demand for better government.

How Chicago's Parking Meter Deal Matters in Springfield

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

To question Daley is to question his love for the city and his omniscient ability to know what is best for it. Mr. Mayor, it's not about who has the franchise on love. Chicago's a big place, and a lot of people love it just as much as you do.

Calling Out The Real Crybabies

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

What the bunch in Springfield had better realize is that there are a lot more people lined up with reform than there are with the political status quo.

Unprecedented Campaign Contribution Caps Approved, But Big Loopholes Remain

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Money donated to politicians would be limited for the first time in Illinois history under a plan backed by Gov. Pat Quinn b...

Julie Hamos Aims to Boost Pat Quinn's Reform Agenda and Gets Undercut by Pat Quinn

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Quinn episode exposed the inevitable collision between a reformer's principles and the practical politics of an election system that relies on private dough to finance the campaign beast.

Roland Burris, Off The Hook

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Burris knows exactly what he is doing. All these years I thought he was decent but dim. Turns out it was an act that I, and many others in Illinois, bought.

Illinois Senate Democrats Talk Ethics Record to New Media, Push Back on Old Media Complaints

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Kwame Raoul introduced legislation for public financing two years ago. His predecessor, Barack Obama, sponsored the same legislation in 2005. What did Chicago newspapers editorialize at the time at the time on the Obama bill? Nothing.

Lobbying Belongs on the Reform Agenda

Cindi Canary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cindi Canary

If Illinois ever hopes to sanitize itself from the stench of political corruption, it must expose lobbying to the light of day and demand higher ethical conduct from state lobbyists.

Quinn To Legislature: Ethics Reform Before Summer Break

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- With less than a month left in the legislative session, Gov. Pat Quinn is still talking only in broad outlines about the ethics reform...

Illinois Reform Commission: Term Limits For Powerful Politicians, Open Meetings, Cap Campaign Contributions (READ THE PROPOSALS)

AP | ANDREA ZELINSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- After 100 days poring over stacks of data and testimony, a commission appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn has delivered a sweeping p...

Legislators Mixed On Reform Commission's Proposals

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- With one governor in prison and another under indictment, Illinois officials must choose between patching holes in current e...

Quinn: Reform Commission Doesn't Go Far Enough

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is praising the recommendations from his Illinois Reform Commission but says the panel left out some good ide...

Illinois Called 'Nigeria Of The Midwest' By Reform Commission Member

Chicago Tribune | Ray Long and Ashley Rueff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A key member of Gov. Pat Quinn's reform panel called Tuesday for lawmakers to approve meaningful state contract reforms so businesses that have given ...

Quinn: Limit Fundraising, Donate Campaign Cash To Charity To Even Playing Field

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn wants campaign finance limits in place for next year's election, a key component of his effort to clean up state government. The Democ...

Legislators Mixed On Commission's Plans To End Pay-To-Play, Limit Campaign Contributions

The Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD - Just hours after launching the initial salvo to end pay-to-play in state government, members of a blue-ribbon group traveled from Chicag...

Reform Panel Calls For Campaign Contribution Limits As Part Of Anti-Corruption Plan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Illinois reform commission launched in response to the corruption scandal surrounding ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vi...

Government Reform Panels Craft Post-Blagojevich Agendas

The State Journal-Register | ADRIANA COLINDRES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With Illinois government reeling from allegations of scandal, most notably the accusation that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to sell a U.S. Senate...

New Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn: 'We'll Fumigate State Government'

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn moved quickly Friday to put Rod Blagojevich's scandal-ridden tenure behind him, signing his first executive o...