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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.

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.

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...

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...