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July 29, 2014
Learn how you can get politicians and candidates to agree to a "People's Pledge" that will limit campaign spending and negative ads by "independent" super PACs and other groups.
November 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015
Help fight for Fair Elections in Chicago! We will be collecting signatures from supporters of campaign finance reform at the intersection of Clark/Broadway/Diversey and the surround areas.
January 13, 2016
This is the full ordinance for the Fair Elections small donor match program introduced to Chicago City Council on January 13, 2016.
June 7, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
A report released today by our friends at the Center for American Progress (CAP) documents the success of automatic voter registration programs championed by Common Cause and other voting rights advocates across the country.
June 2, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
While the Trump administration seems to be constantly retreating from government accountability, many states are leading the way to ensure a government of, by, and for the people. Just this week, action in three states and Washington, D.C. shows that real change is possible.
April 26, 2017
“Every Illinois citizen should be terribly concerned about the reckless calls in this state for a constitutional convention,” warned Brian Gladstein, Executive Director of Common Cause Illinois.
February 15, 2017
Cause urges the Governor to support the Fair Elections Act, introduced last week by Senator Daniel Biss. Creating a small donor public financing system will bring the power back to the people and not the ultra rich and large special interests.
Research & Reports
September 17, 2012
A report which looks at lobbying of the gambling industry in Illinois. The report reads in part: 'Over a ten-year period in which it sought to dramatically expand legalized gambling and turn Illinois into the Las Vegas of the Midwest, the gambling industry gave $9.7 million in campaign contributions to elected officials, political candidates, and political parties between the beginning of 2002 and June 30, 2012. '
July 26, 2011
This Report from the Common Cause Education Fund looks at the gambling lobby in Illinois from 2002-2011.
Executive Director, Common Cause Illinois, Common Cause, State Staff
Brian Gladstein is Executive Director of Common Cause Illinois.
Political Director, Common Cause Illinois, State Staff
He is responsible for tracking, analyzing, and building campaigns around legislation on issues concerning open governance and money in politics.