Congratulations to the 2016 Champions of Democracy!

Posted on February 12, 2016

Martese Chism

On February 10th, Common Cause Illinois held it’s 2016 Champions of Democracy celebration. I was honored and inspired by all of our awardees and the stories that they shared. Learn more about these incredible leaders:

Martese Chism

Governor Jim Edgar

Senator Don Harmon

Eliseo Medina

Most of all, I was impressed when talking to all of the people in the room and hearing about their commitment to improving our democracy.

Those in attendance helped raise an additional $12,000 that will be matched dollar for dollar by the Sun-Times Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, and a generous donation by Elizabeth Foster and Michael Walsh.

The exciting news is that there is still time to give to this matching challenge by donating today! Help us reach our total challenge grant goal of $15,000. Remember that every dollar you give will be matched making your gift have double the impact.


During our celebration, we also released our new campaign videos narrated by Bill Kurtis. To watch the Fair Elections video go here and to view our video on Automatic Voter Registration go here. To see President Obama's endorsement of Automatic Voter Registration and to get involved in the campaign, join our action team!

I want to thank you for all that you do to support Common Cause and I look forward to working with you to ensure that we create true justice and democracy for everyone in Illinois.
Truly Inspired,
Brian Gladstein, Executive Director
And the whole team at Common Cause IL

Office: Common Cause Illinois, Common Cause National

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