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by Aricka Flowers
Wed Aug 24, 2016

Bernie’s ‘Our Revolution’ Campaign To Launch Wednesday In Chicago, Nationwide (VIDEO)

Despite having lost the Democratic presidential nomination, “the Bernie revolution” will continue with the “next phase” launching nationwide Wednesday night.

Some 2,600 watch parties and meetings are set to take place across the country tonight as former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses thousands of his supporters to “lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share,” according to Our Revolution President Jeff Weaver, who also served as Sanders’ presidential campaign manager.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Feb 4, 2015

Rauner’s First State Of The State Address Garners Mixed Reviews

During his first State of the State address on Wednesday, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 over seven years, pushed his plan for right-to-work zones and vowed to keep his campaign promise to increase education funding. Progress Illinois provides highlights from Rauner’s speech and rounds up reaction to his agenda for the state.

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by Matthew Blake
Mon Nov 12, 2012

Despite Ballot Measures, Action Not Expected On Addressing Money In Politics

The financing of political campaigns is one area where the gap between what voter’s want and what the law of the land is appears vast.

In last week’s election, there were referenda in Illinois and across the country calling for nothing less than an amendment to the U.S. Constitution in order to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Yet U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) pretty much acknowledged to Crain’s Chicago Business that Congress has no interest in passing campaign finance reform laws.

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Sep 21, 2012

Corporate Personhood And The Move To Overturn Citizens United (VIDEO)

The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission did not just increase money in politics. It galvanized a fierce backlash to federal campaign finance laws that, thanks to the ruling, acknowledged “corporate personhood” – the idea that corporations have the same First Amendment, and campaign contribution, rights as individuals.

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Jun 8, 2012

Report Gives Qualified Praise For Illinois Campaign Finance Laws

Illinois is synonymous with political corruption, but a new study gives hope to the Land of Lincoln. Illinois has the seventh strongest campaign finance laws in the country, according to a report released yesterday by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C. government watchdog.

As with a CPI study Progress Illinois examined in February on overall public corruption by state, the campaign finance report is not concerned with past shenanigans but current law, and Illinois ranks well on both citizen access to financial records, and decently on rules placed on the financing of political parties and individual candidates.