I am honored to receive the coveted “Champion of Democracy” Award from the Illinois chapter of Common Cause, the renowned non-partisan watchdog group whose mission is to promote open, ethical, and accountable government at the local, state and national levels.
The group is honoring me because of my lifelong work for political reform and government transparency, including my work on participatory budgeting, my sponsorship of the “Fair Elections” public financing question on the February ballot, and past sponsorship of measures calling for the overturning of Citizens United vs. FEC and the prevention of the partisan takeover of the Chicago Tribune.
Founded in 1970, Common Cause, serves as a citizens’ lobby to establish greater transparency and accountability in government at the national, state and local levels. Common Cause is most notable for its activism on campaign finance reform efforts, which is why I have partnered with the organization to bring public financing to city elections here in Chicago.
I will receive the award at the organization’s annual Champions of Democracy Awards Gala. The event will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, February 11th), 5:30 p.m. (V.I.P. reception), 6:30 p.m. (general reception and awards ceremony), at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph.
Tickets to the event are still available. To order tickets, CLICK HERE.
I would be honored if you could join me tomorrow evening.