Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's a Golden Opportunity... For Reform

Are you listening, Ald. Shiller? The message is out there, if you choose to hear it. The voters and residents are sick and tired of "business as usual" with no oversight. Our other elected officials are noticing and heeding the call.

A town hall meeting on ethics

Host: State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Harry Osterman, and Loyola University

Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Mundelein Center at Loyola University

Featured Speakers* : Scott Turow, Best-selling author, current member and first chair of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission* - Cindi Canary, Executive Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

Join State Representative Harry Osterman and Senator Heather Steans for a discussion on ethics reform in Illinois and learn what you can do to get involved in passing ethics reform legislation in Illinois. Co-sponsoring organizations include: Northside Democracy for America, Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization, League of Women Voters Chicago, Citizen Action/Illinois, Loyola University, Emanuel Congregation, Rogers Park Community Council, Edgewater Community Council, Loyola Inside Government, Loyola College Democrats, and more.


  1. Besides campaign reform, I'd like to see TIF reform done at the state level. The recent effort to push for TIF transparency in Chicago is certainly a start, but it's still just scratching the surface.

    I certainly plan to make this meeting.

  2. Come on everyone. Alderman Shiller is a great alderman. She has all of our interests at heart. We should cut her some slack....

  3. I get such a kick out of government officials when they toss around the term "ethics reform." Look, Missy, you can't fix what you ain't got. This is Chicago.

  4. Ok, let me see if I’ve got this straight. Had the legislation Senator Steans has proposed applied to her, nearly every campaign contribution she made to disgraced Governor Blagojevich would have been a violation of state law. Nice job, Senator.

  5. I'm leery of hearing the voice of a senator who voted against a recall amendment at a reform forum.

    Especially one with so many "interesting" political connections.

    Throw in "Democracy for America" and "Citizen Action", (or any other grassroots "progressives", for that matter) and I'm thoroughly unimpressed.

    This appears to be a wonderful stage for posturing and campaign foundation laying with no real expectation for tenable action.

    Steans has already dropped the ball on this one.