State of Illinois Archives: on Government Reform


J.B. Pritzker: End legislators serving as paid lobbyists

We must take action to restore the public's trust in our government. That's why we need to pass real, lasting ethics reform this legislative session. It's time to end the practice of legislators serving as paid lobbyists. In fact it's time to end the for-profit influence peddling among all elected officials at every level of government in Illinois. Disclosure of conflicts of interest and punishment for breaching them must be included in any ethics package for us to truly clean up government.
Source: 2020 Illinois State of the State address Jan 29, 2020

Mark Curran: Supports term limits for Congress

Curran said, "Dick Durbin is part of the status quo that has led our great country and our hard-working families to the brink of bankruptcy due to record federal government spending, record federal government borrowing and record federal government debt with no end in sight. We can't change Washington until we change the people in Washington, so I say that we need to enforce our own term limits. Anyone who has been in Washington DC for more than 12 years needs to be sent home."
Source: Shelbyville Daily Union on 2020 Illinois Senate race Oct 10, 2019

J.B. Pritzker: Overturn Citizens United; strengthen campaign finance laws

Campaign Finance: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?

Pritzker: No. Wants to overturn it, and strengthen Illinois campaign finance laws.

Rauner: Unknown.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Illinois Governor race Nov 1, 2018

J.B. Pritzker: Expand voting rights of prisoners until convicted

Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements or reduced registration times, even if they prevent some people from voting?

Pritzker: No. Running mate supports process to expand voting rights of prisoners who haven't yet been convicted.

Rauner: No. But vetoed legislation that would have expanded rights to prisoners who haven't yet been convicted.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Illinois Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Anne Stava-Murray: Favor legislative term limits

Term limits for legislative leaders are necessary to avoid dangerous consolidations of power. If eight years is good enough for the president, it should be good enough for Illinois House legislative leaders. Elections should be enforceable term limits for legislators.
Source: Chicago Daily Herald on 2020 Illinois Senate race Oct 22, 2018

Anne Stava-Murray: End gerrymandering and voter suppression

One of the largest barriers to competitive elections is the unfair mapping process that prioritizes making "safe" seats for each party. We need campaign finance reform to reduce the undue influence of donors and political parties. We need an end to voter suppression tactics in all their various forms. Finally, there are extreme barriers to entry to getting on the ballot that could be reduced at almost every point.
Source: Chicago Daily Herald on 2020 Illinois Senate race Oct 22, 2018

Ameya Pawar: Automatic voter registration

Voting is at the center of our civic life. Eliminating barriers that keep people from the ballot box are key to competitive elections, which ensure elected officials are responsive to the needs of their communities. That's why Ameya supports automatic voter registration, which would register virtually every adult to vote unless they decline.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website pawar2018.com Sep 1, 2017

Chris Kennedy: Automatic voter registration

Kennedy believes that Illinois' government is rigged. Illinois' regressive tax system takes more money from the low-income and middle class pockets than almost any other state. The only way to fix our broken government is to make elected officials accountable to the people who put them in office. Chris supports automatic voter registration, setting term limits, and redistricting reform that ensures rural communities and communities of color are fairly represented.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website KennedyForIllinois.com Sep 1, 2017

Bruce Rauner: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID

Legislative Summary: The Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections shall establish an automatic voter registration program that: Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 48-0-11 on May 5; passed House 115-0-3 on May 29; signed by Gov. Rauner on Aug. 28.
Source: Illinois legislative voting records: SB 1933 Aug 28, 2017

Jeanne Ives: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID

Legislative Summary: The Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections shall establish an automatic voter registration program that: Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 48-0-11 on May 5; Rep. Jeanne Ives voted YEA; passed House 115-0-3 on May 29; signed by Gov. Rauner on Aug. 28.
Source: Illinois legislative voting records: SB 1933 May 29, 2017

Daniel Biss: Political system favors billionaires & machine politicians

State Sen. Daniel Biss formally announced his Democratic candidacy for governor, assailing a broken system he says favors his political opponents. "We have a political system where billionaires and machine politicians are the ones who are listened to. That's the system we have to change," Biss, who has represented Evanston for six years in legislature, said in a 25-minute Facebook Live video.

"We have to build a movement of the people because the question fundamentally is, 'Who do politicians feel obligated to listen to?' In Illinois, the public has set very low expectations and we can understand why," he said.

Biss' indictment of Illinois' system of government covered a wide swath, including not only Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner but also Democratic rivals for governor. Rauner dismissed Biss as "part of the system."

Source: Chicago Tribune on 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race Mar 20, 2017

Daniel Biss: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID

Legislative Summary: The Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections shall establish an automatic voter registration program that: Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 48-0-11 on May 5; Sen. Daniel Biss sponsored bill on Feb.14 and then voted YEA; passed House 115-0-3 on May 29; signed by Gov. Rauner on Aug. 28.
Source: Illinois legislative voting records: SB 1933 Feb 14, 2017

Jim Oberweis: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID

Legislative Summary: The Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections shall establish an automatic voter registration program that: Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 48-0-11 on May 5; Sen. Jim Oberweis voted YEA; passed House 115-0-3 on May 29; signed by Gov. Rauner on Aug. 28.
Source: Illinois legislative voting records: SB 1933 Feb 14, 2017

Bruce Rauner: The people demanded fair districting; judges denied them

We worked hard to change our broken political system and restore competitive general elections in our state. We encouraged the people of Illinois to put more than one million signatures on petitions to get term limits and fair maps on the ballot. Unfortunately, our judges, who themselves are elected through our state political process, decided that a million signatures weren't enough. They decided that only you, the members of the General Assembly, could pass the necessary legislation to enable the voters to have their say.

I ask you [the legislature] today, on behalf of all the people of Illinois--Democrats and Republicans--please do the right thing and pass the bills to put term limits and fair maps on the ballot. Let the people decide these issues for themselves. End the power of incumbency and special interest groups, and give power back to the people of our state. Illinois turns 200 in 2018.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Illinois Legislature Jan 25, 2017

Raja Krishnamoorthi: Campaign finance reforms to enable citizen participation

Raja opposes the unfettered influx of corporate and special interest money in politics made possible by the Supreme Court's wrong-headed Citizens United decision. Raja will work to make sure that the voices of working people and the poor aren't drowned out by special interests.