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Better Government Association: Former Veterans Affairs Chief Wrote Checks Totaling $50,000 to Her Mom From Her Political Fund

“It’s incredibly frustrating,” said Jay Young, executive director of Common Cause Illinois, who has advocated for laws to mirror state’s such as California, where officials “go deep into all manner of contributions, loans and how those dollars are coming in and going out the door.

Money & Influence 02.25.2022

Better Government Association: Pritzker Trust Bought Stock in a Top Illinois Contractor After He Was Elected Governor

“It’s a blind trust in the way of — put your hand over one eye,” said Jay Young, executive director of Common Cause, an organization that advocates for government transparency.

Money & Influence 02.8.2022

Daily Herald: The Time is Right for Campaign Finance Reform

As a board member of Common Cause Illinois, I am excited that we have an opportunity to give power back to the people through innovative and effective campaign finance reform. Common Cause Illinois is part of a coalition that is working right now to pass a small-donor match program in Evanston.

Capitol Fax: Trump Confirms Blagojevich Commutation

"While former Governor Rod Blagojevich will get to walk free, Illinois is still being held prisoner to the consequences of his long record of corruption, bribery, and abuse of power. President Trump’s commutation of Blagojevich’s sentence is the latest action by a lawless president to undermine ethics and accountability in our government."

The Southern Illinoisan: Reform Advocates Push for Tighter Lobbying Controls in Illinois

Government reform advocates in Illinois are urging state lawmakers to impose stricter rules on lobbying activity at the Statehouse, including a ban on lawmakers themselves working as lobbyists with other levels of government.

Money & Influence 06.25.2019

NBC 5 Chicago: Illinois Governor Flies in Private Jets, Doesn’t Charge Taxpayers

"It feels wrong," said Jay Young, executive director of Common Cause Illinois, who noted the use of private money for public purposes concerns him.

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