The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) was founded in 1997 by former US Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) and then-Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra (R-IL), and became an independent nonprofit in 2003. Since then, ICPR has become one of Illinois’ leading non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organizations working to reform Illinois campaign finance law, government ethics, judicial selection, and voter education. ICPR was the first organization in the nation to put state-level campaign finance reports into a searchable, online database, and we are frequently acknowledged by Illinois, national, and international media as a key resource for Illinois politics and government.
ICPR’s mission is to initiate reforms and promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics, and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government, and we advocate our mission through the use of educational forums, legislative reforms, and technology projects making government data available to the public.
Educational Forums: ICPR hosts educational forums that are free and open to the public. These forums are held at local colleges and universities with expert panels addressing an array of public policy issues.
Legislative Reforms: ICPR’s legislative victories include the passage of the 1998 Gift Ban Act, the 2002 Inspector Misconduct Act, the 2003 State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the 2005 Voters Guide Act, the 2009 changes to FOIA and the procurement code, and the 2015 increase in reporting for Super PAC spending. ICPR also played a lead role in the 2009 revisions to the Election Code that enacted contribution limits, instituted quarterly reporting, and mandated year-round supplemental reports for large contributions, as well as further revisions in 2012 that codified regulations of Independent Expenditure Committees (so-called “SuperPACs”).
Technology Projects: ICPR created Illinois Sunshine, a free, state-of-the-art online database that tracks political spending at the state, county, and local levels across the state of Illinois. ICPR also released the Illinois Voter Project, a comprehensive profile on how Illinois votes, including age, gender, and data on both active and eligible (but unregistered) voters, created using the Illinois voter file.