Public Newsroom: How to Track Campaign Finances in Illinois

Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/20/18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Build Coffee

Hosted by
City Bureau


Public Newsroom: How to Track Campaign Finances in Illinois

City Bureau

Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Illinois’ upcoming race for governor is slated to be one of the most expensive in U.S. history and has been used as a prime example for campaign finance reform by organizers.

But how do we track the mega millions? What does reform look like? How can everyday citizens participate?

This week’s Public Newsroom aims to breakdown this complicated issue with an Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) Neighborhood Sunshine workshop hosted by Executive Director Mary Miro and Policy Director Alisa Kaplan.

ICPR’s Neighborhood Sunshine is a series of interactive programs focused on micro (local) and macro (Illinois) political reform issues. These workshops feature ICPR’s work on money in politics, government ethics, gender equity, and improving voter access and turnout. The discussions connect these topics to local issues such as neighborhood safety, economic development, and school quality.

Neighborhood Sunshine uses education and dialogue to empower Illinois residents to raise their voices to advocate for reform and hold policymakers accountable. The workshops are also listening opportunities for ICPR to gather community feedback so we can be better advocates for Illinois residents.

More about ICPR:
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform is a research and advocacy organization that empowers the public to participate in government, addresses the role of money in politics, and promotes integrity, accountability, and transparency in our political system.

This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

Every Thursday night we turn our newsroom on Chicago’s South Side into an open space where journalists and the public can gather to discuss local issues, share resources and knowledge and learn to report and investigate stories. Hosts have included journalists, academics, artists, activists, filmmakers and many other individuals and groups who have a stake in how to use media to create a stronger democracy.

The Public Newsroom is always free and always open to the public.

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