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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.

Illinois Newsroom: New Congressional Maps Unveiled Ahead of Fall Veto Session

Jay Young, executive director of Common Cause Illinois, said in an interview that there was a general feeling of frustration among many advocacy groups that took part in the legislative redistricting process that has carried over into congressional redistricting.

The Center Square: Nonpartisan Group Calls for the End of Gerrymandering

“What we initially heard was that the General Assembly really wanted to hear from the community,” Young said. “Unfortunately, we found that they heard but didn’t listen.”

Washington Times Herald: Common Cause Criticizes Redistricting Process in Indiana, Illinois

"They used a different data set, despite the fact that... we were telling them that districts that were drawn with that data would be malapportioned," Young said.

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