Common Cause Illinois is a nonpartisan watchdog group whose mission is to promote open, ethical, and accountable government at the local, state, and national levels by educating and mobilizing the people of Illinois.
Common Cause achieves its goals through the hard work of a national office of staff and volunteers in Washington DC, as well as state organizations located across the nation and nearly 400,000 members and supporters. Common Cause Illinois is a state office of the national organization, and its Board focuses on promoting open, ethical, accountable government here in Illinois. 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. Some of our recent accomplishments include work done with the Just Democracy coalition to pass Same Day Registration and our recent Fair Elections referendum victory with 79% of voters saying "Yes" to a small donor matching program.