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In 2013, Common Cause Illinois accomplished passing a resolution to overturn Citizens United and instituted Election Protection. 2014 promises to be an even bigger year!
Protecting the Vote
Every election day, Common Cause Illinois (CCIL) partners with MALDEF and the The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights to protect the right to vote throughout Chicagoland. Common Cause Illinois trains poll watchers and works with our partners to recruit and deploy lawyers to help protect voters against intimidation and harassment during elections. We are now expanding our work to include other counties and potentially downstate Illinois for the upcoming primary and general elections.
The Challenge of Citizens United
Common Cause Illinois recently achieved an overwhelming bipartisan victory in Illinois, becoming the 14th state to officially call for overturning the destructive decision that is Citizens United v. FEC. Common Cause Illinois pulled together a coalition including activists from Move to Amend, MoveOn, and Public Citizen to work to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse Citizens United. In Springfield, we passed SJR27, a bipartisan measure led by Sens. Heather Steans, Karen McConnaughay, Daniel Biss, and Pamela Althoff; and Reps. Elaine Nekritz, Barbara Wheeler, Kelly Cassidy, Sandra Pihos, and Robyn Gabel.
With Illinois PIRG, CCIL has been working with the Illinois legislature to introduce a shareholder bill that includes a shareholder approval clause for political expenditures over $10,000 for Illinois-based corporations and a formidable disclosure requirement for all political expenditures for any state campaigns regardless of where a corporation was chartered.
CCIL also organized, with Illinois PIRG, a press conference and rally at the Target Corporation Annual Shareholders meeting at their flagship store in downtown Chicago. Over 100 people came out to demand that Target cease its problematic political spending. We also worked with proxies to support a shareholder resolution to that effect, although Target security barred some Common Cause members from participating in the meeting.
Common Cause Illinois is partnering with Yes for Independent Maps to bring redistricting reform to Illinois in 2014. Following the lead of California, we hope to get redistricting reform on the ballot this year!