Common Cause Illinois

Americans deserve open, honest, accountable government.

We’re working to deliver it.

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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McCutcheon v. FEC

Fight back against unlimited corruption that makes the government pay more attention to moneyed insiders than the needs of ordinary Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned decades of anti-corruption measures in McCutcheon v. FEC and Citizens United v. FEC, and made it possible for special interests to make unlimited contributions directly into our elections and through outside dark money groups, leading to the SuperPACs we have today. Learn More ›

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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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