Common Cause Illinois realizes that people need to understand the way a strong democracy should work in order to make progress on the issues they care about. Unfortunately, most Illinois residents aren’t aware of how special interests get in the way of the democratic process.

The Purple Bench Project is an initiative that seeks to create a space in which Illinoisans can have conversations about civic engagement and the values that shape the kind of democracy they want to live in. Coupled with a newly launched website (hyperlink here), the Purple Bench is rooted in in-person conversations that bring people together to find similarities in their shared lived experiences.

If we can get past partisanship, we can focus on the big money holding us back from a future where everyone’s voice is heard.

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