“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty…”
In a moment when democracy is being threatened more than at any time in modern political history, Common Cause’s role is more important than ever. Common Cause is our voice as We the People work together to form a more perfect Union, to establish Justice, and build a 21st century democracy here in Illinois and across the nation.
There is no better time to protect voting rights, take big money out of politics, pass the national popular vote compact, and ensure president-elect Trump divests from any businesses that create a conflict of interest.
2017 Champions of Democracy Award Winners:
As the executive director of the Democracy Initiative Fund, Wendy Fields continues to champion the full promise of American democracy, building on two decades in leadership at the United Automobile Workers (UAW) in Detroit, and time as a Common Cause Organizer.
Representative-Elect Theresa Mah
Theresa Mah recently won her campaign to represent the 2nd District and will become the first Asian-American state legislator in Illinois. As a former senior policy adviser to Gov. Pat Quinn, Mah’s leadership helped to create jobs and education opportunities for working families, including many immigrants.
Senator Andy Manar
Senator Manar represents the 48th district in Illinois and has been a leader in building bi-partisan support for voter access, fair school funding, and civil rights. In 2016, he led the charge for an automatic voter registration bill that initially passed with bi-partisan support in the Senate and House.
Former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, founder and president of the Campaign Legal Center, and the lawyer for Stephen Colbert's 2012 campaign super PAC, Trevor Potter is "one of the top lawyers in the country on the delicate intersection of politics, law, and money."
Event Emcee: Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s South Side Reporter, Author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.
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Thanks for your generous support and we wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year.
Brian Gladstein, Executive Director
and the team at Common Cause Illinois