ICPR is one of Illinois’ leading non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organizations working to reform Illinois campaign finance disclosures and limits, government ethics, judicial selection, and voter education. ICPR has worked hard to maintain a bipartisan dialogue on how best to improve the processes of government and elections. ICPR was the first organization in the nation to put state-level campaign finance reports into a searchable, on-line database. ICPR is frequently acknowledged by Illinois, national, and international media as a key resource for Illinois politics and government.
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) was formed in 1997 by former US Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) and then-Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra (R-IL). As a practical matter, ICPR was an outgrowth of the Illinois Campaign Finance Task Force, commonly called the “Simon-Stratton Commission” for its two co-chairs, Paul Simon and former Republican Gov. William Stratton. At its founding, ICPR was directed by a Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Simon, which met three times each year. In 2002, ICPR incorporated and formed its own board; in 2003, ICPR secured status as an independent non-profit organization with its own 501(c)(3) designation.
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