Common Cause Illinois

Americans deserve open, honest, accountable government.

We’re working to deliver it.

On February 24, Chicagoans  voted on Fair Elections Illinois, an advisory referendum to bring a small donor match program to Chicago. They overwhelmingly supported this question, with almost 80% voting "YES". Now, we need to use this voter mandate to create a law in Chicago, and create a precedent for state-wide reform. For more information or to get involved in this campaign, visit

Illinoisans face a culture of corruption from the huge influence of special interests and a government that too often ignores the will of the people. Common Cause Illinois and its members are building a movement to fight back for a real and accountable democracy. After re-launching the state chapter in 2012, we continue to advance landmark reforms to create a stronger voice for every Illinoisan, from improving access to the polls to getting big money out of politics. If you're interested in voter rights, campaign finance reform, or simply creating a government that works for the people, get involved with Common Cause Illinois to help build a movement for a great democracy.

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a coalition of corporations that operates as a non-profit, yet lobbies lawmakers to draft legislation important to the political agendas and financial interests of it's corporate members. Learn More ›

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Same Day Registration

Common Cause Illinois is working tirelessly to advocate for election reform measures, such as same day registration (SDR), to increase access to the ballot box and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote. In 2003, Common Cause Illinois was instrumental in the creation of an online voter registration system in Illinois and now in 2004, are advocating for SDR along with modernizing the election process. Learn More ›

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Election Protection

Protecting the freedom to vote for all eligible Americans is fundamental to preserving our democracy. Yet in every election many eligible voters are confused, disenfranchised, and unable to exercise their right to vote. You will help protect one of our most fundamental rights in a direct and effective way. Learn More ›

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