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On Wednesday, June 14th, ICPR hosted a luncheon titled, “Chicago’s Big Challenge: Neighborhood Safety” at the Standard Club in Chicago. The event featured local leaders discussing strategies and solutions to increase safety and investment in Chicago neighborhoods.
On Tuesday, May 23rd, ICPR hosted a forum titled, “Cyber Security: Its Impact on Our Daily Lives” at Holland & Knight in Chicago. The event featured a panel of industry experts discussing the need for increased cyber security in government, business and private life.
On April 19th, ICPR hosted a luncheon titled, “Celebrating Hon. Adlai & Nancy Stevenson” to recognize their extensive work serving Illinois through advocacy, public service and the Stevenson Center on Democracy. Hon. Mary Mikva presented the Stevensons with the Mikva Legacy Award for Truth & Justice, and friends and associates shared remarks. Read more
On Monday, April 10th, ICPR and Roosevelt Institute co-hosted an event at UIC titled, “Who Writes the Rules Matters: Make an Impact Through Civic Engagement.” See more.
On Wednesday, March 8th, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform hosted a forum titled, “Strategic Solutions for Police Reform” at the Chicago Urban League. See more.
On Wednesday, February 22, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform hosted a forum titled, “How Will the Trump Administration Affect Illinois?” at Columbia College in Chicago. See more.
On Wednesday, February 1st, ICPR cohosted an event with the Union League of Chicago’s Public Affairs Committee titled “Sheriff Tom Dart: His Agenda for Criminal Justice Reform.” See more.
On Tuesday, January 24th, ICPR hosted “Illinois Campaign Contributions: Is the Sky the Limit?” featuring campaign experts from across the nation. See more.
On Tuesday, December 6th, ICPR held the annual Dawn Clark Netsch Straight Talk Awards. See more.
On Monday, November 14th, The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform hosted a free forum titled “2016 Election Results: Change or Status Quo?” at the Standard Club in Chicago. See more.
On Monday, October 17th, The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform hosted a free forum titled “2016 Elections: What to Expect & Why” at the Standard Club in Chicago. See more.
On Thursday, September 15th, ICPR held The Summit for Civic & Action Reform, featuring panels on voting access, millennial engagement, campaign finance, and social justice. See more.
On Monday, September 12th, ICPR hosted “Chicago: Vision for the Future,” featuring keynote speakers Tracy Siska, Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project, and Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate. See more
On Wednesday, July 27th, ICPR hosted a forum titled “The Importance of Keeping Government Accountable for Clean & Safe Water” at the Bilandic Building in Chicago. The event, hosted by ICPR board Chair Hon. Susan Garrett focused primarily on lead testing and reporting requirements in residential and school drinking water. See more.
On Tuesday, June 21st ICPR hosted a forum titled “Campaign Finance Reform: What We’ve Learned Since 2011″ at Columbia College in Chicago. See more.
On Tuesday, June 7th the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform hosted “Illinois: Vision for the Future,” featuring keynote speakers former Governor Jim Edgar and Congresswoman Robin Kelly. See more
On Tuesday, May 10th ICPR hosted an On the Table discussion entitled “Realizing the Potential of Chicago Neighborhoods.” This event featured a roundtable discussion among community leaders and advocates to discuss the work they have done in Chicago Neighborhoods. See more.
On Monday, April 11th ICPR co-hosted a forum with Truth in Accounting entitled “Illinois Budget: Defining and Funding the Essential Priorities.” This event was covered by REBOOT Illinois, and you can read their article here or view a full video of the event here! See more
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) launched The Illinois Voter Project on Wednesday at 1871 in Chicago. This comprehensive profile breaks down voter data according to age and gender, shows eligible versus active registered voters across the state, and shows voter turnout in General and Primary Elections over the past 8 years. See More
On Tuesday, February 16, ICPR cohosted a forum with the Chicago Urban League titled: “Building Public Trust by Empowering Community Voices.” The event was moderated by independent journalist Robin Robinson, who led a panel discussion on the work of local community advocates in Chicago neighborhoods and how trust can be built between local residents and the Chicago Police Department. See more
On Wednesday, January 20th, ICPR held a forum titled: “How can City Hall & CPD Work Together to Increase Disclosure & Transparency.” The event began with opening remarks by ICPR Board Chair Susan Garrett, who encouraged an open discussion among the panelists. As moderator for the event, Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times asked questions regarding current policies and procedures of CPD, handling complaints against police, and best practices for disclosing information to the public. See more.
On Tuesday, December 8th ICPR honored four Chicago reporters at ICPR’s annual Dawn Clark Netsch Straight Talk Awards fundraising event. We presented awards to Greg Hinz with Crain’s Chicago Business, Natasha Korecki with POLITICO Illinois Playbook, Dave McKinney with Reuters, and Laura Washington with Chicago Sun-Times. See more
On Thursday, November 4th, ICPR hosted the “Open Data: Transforming Government Transparency” forum at Robert Morris University. The event brought members of the Chicago civic technology community together to talk about open data, its potential applications, and the future of such a powerful resource. See more
On Friday, September 18th, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform welcomed David Axelrod to the University Club in downtown Chicago. Over lunch, Mr. Axelrod gave his remarks on “2016: A Defining Presidential Election.” He spoke freely on nominees from both sides of the aisle, and shared his thoughts on campaign strategies and what voters want to see from candidates in this election. see more
On Thursday, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform held the first annual Summit for Action and Civic Reform at Columbia College in Chicago. Over the course of the day, over 35 panelists and hundreds of guests from across the city and suburbs discussed issues including redistricting reform, student loan debt, campaign spending disclosure, voter engagement, civic education, and strengthening Chicago’s neighborhoods. see more
On August 4th, 2015 ICPR hosted a demonstration on the new, state-of-the-art Illinois Sunshine database at 1871 in Chicago. We partnered with DataMade LLC, a civic technology company, to create this free, online tool that brings campaign finance data straight to voters on a simple, online platform. All event photos taken by Greg Rothstein see more
On Friday, June 19th, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform hosted 9 state leaders and over 120 guests at the Union League Club of Chicago to discuss the future of Illinois policy on a variety of topics. Speakers included Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, State Senators Daniel Biss, Heather Steans, Matt Murphy, and Kwame Raoul, former Lt. Governor Corinne Wood, Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Todd Maisch, former Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza, and Illinois State Superintendent Tony Smith. see more
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform welcomed Robert Blagojevich and NBC5’s Carol Marin for the ICPR event, “Caught in the Middle: Robert Blagojevich Speaks Out.” Prompted by the recent release of Robert’s book, Fundraiser A: My Fight for Freedom and Justice, Marin and Blagojevich discussed both the Rod Blagojevich investigation and trial and overall justice system reform. see more
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform welcomed Hon. Dick Simpson, Thomas Gradel, and Bernard Sieracki to discuss theirrecent and upcoming publications. Simpson and Gradel collaborated on “Corrupt Illinois” a book that focuses on Illinois’ corrupt history and what created the current culture of corruption in Illinois today. Sieracki will soon release his book titled “A Just Cause: The Impeachment and Removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich.” see more
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform held a “Standing Up to Special Interests” Forum at Columbia College Chicago. A panel of experts discussed current strengths and weaknesses in campaign finance laws at the local, state, and federal level. The panelists expressed a need for increased disclosure laws that make both donor and expenditure information more easily available to voters. see more
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) hosted “Chicago Politics in Transition,” a forum to discuss the results of this week’s Chicago Runoff Election. The sold-out event was held at the Union League Club of Chicago. Panelists discussed the results, the impact of voter turnout, historical comparisons, statewide political implications, and the likely impact the Runoff will have on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second term. see more
A week before Chicago’s February 24th Municipal Election, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) invited Aldermen, Campaign Finance Experts, and Mayoral and Aldermanic Candidates to Roosevelt University for a discussion of the Small Donor Referendum set to appear on the February 24th ballot. The advisory referendum will ask voters in Chicago if they support a plan to reduce the influence of special interest money in elections by financing qualifying candidates through small donations and limited public funds. The support was overwhelming – with a crowd of nearly one hundred on hand, 100% of the participating candidates and incumbents said that they would vote “Yes”. see more
The late Illinois State Rep. Dawn Clark Netsch is still celebrated for her consistent, candid and courageously independent political stands as a state elected official over many decades. Known for “straight talk,” Netsch was respected for standing up for her constituents. That’s why the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) named this year’s annual event in her honor. see more
Two weeks after the November 4 General Election, ICPR convened political experts and journalists at Harold Washington College for a debrief and analysis of what happened and why. Panelists included Chicago Sun-Times Political Columnist Mark Brown; Chicago Sun-Times Watchdog Reporter Chris Fusco; Crain’s Chicago Business Political Reporter Greg Hinz; Cook County Clerk David Orr; The Strategy Group Partner Terry Walsh, Chicago Tonight Political Reporter Paris Schutz and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary. see more
President Toni Preckwinkle and Chairman Dan Cronin: Their Priorities for Reforming County Government
May 2nd Forum
President Toni Preckwinkle and Chairman Dan Cronin: Their Priorities for Reforming County Government
10 Years After: Renewing our Commitment to Ethics Reform in Illinois
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