Illinois Sunshine Debut
A state-of-the-art tool making campaign contributions and expenditures available in an easily searchable format at illinoissunshine.org
Yesterday, 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.
Here’s an overview of what it can do:
At yesterday’s demonstration, ICPR Board Chair Susan Garrett welcomed the audience, noting that the database “brings reliable, timely data to voters on an innovative new platform.” DataMade Founder Derek Eder demonstrated specific features of the database, including the user-friendly search function, the committee and candidate pages, and the ability to download bulk data straight from the website. ICPR Deputy Director Sarah Brune continued the demonstration, noting that Illinois Sunshine “is the most comprehensive campaign finance database in Illinois.”
Scott Kennedy of Illinois Election Data pointed out the many benefits of Illinois Sunshine for journalists. He noted, “in the many Illinois election cycles I worked, I wish I had a tool like this. I commend ICPR and DataMade for making this data more available to the public.” ICPR will continue to highlight database features and provide relevant campaign finance analysis to keep you updated on who is influencing politics and public policy in Illinois. Click here to sign up for our weekly campaign finance data analysis, coming soon to your inbox!