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Citizen Action issues Report on Bruce Rauner’s Insider Money Machine


Citizen Action/Illinois has worked for over two decades on campaign finance reform.  The organization led the original charge to ban campaign gifts in the 1980’s, and has been a vocal advocate for public financing of elections.  William McNary, co-director of CA/IL, recently served on Governor Quinn’s campaign finance task force which was charged to review the current campaign finance structure of Illinois.


Read the 2013 Citizen Action/Illinois Annual Report



Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to release our 2013 Annual Report, summarizing the year's issue campaigns and victories. 


to read the report. 



CA/IL - Progressive Action Project Endorsements for 2014 Primary Elections


CA/IL - Progressive Action Project Endorsements for the 2014 Primary Elections

An Endorsement Session will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.

Citizen Action/Illinois’ Policy Council will consider endorsements for the following races:

  1. Statewide officeholders, including U.S. Senate
  2. State Representative and State Senate
  3. Congress (mention PAC here?)

All candidates must complete our 2014 Candidate Questionnaire by January 17, 2014.

CA/IL Honors Carrigan and Lewis at Simon/Wellstone Awards


On March 18, Citizen Action/Illinois held the 8th Annual Senator Paul Simon/Senator Paul Wellstone Awards. CA/IL was proud to honor Michael Carrigan, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO with the Paul Simon Award and Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union with the Paul Wellstone Award for their leadership and dedication to fighting for working families. 

CA/IL Honors Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. with Lerner/Egan Award



On September 14, 2012, Citizen Action/Illinois was proud to honor Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, with the 2012 Louis A. Lerner/Monsignor John "Jack" Egan Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of dedication to the public interest. The evening's keynote address was given by Heather Booth, founder and President of the Midwest Academy and a national progressive leader. 

2012 General Election Endorsements for the Illinois State Legislature


Each election cycle, Citizen Action’s political action committee convenes to make endorsements for public office.  Candidates who wish to be endorsed by the organization are required to complete a questionnaire which outlines the broad policy positions taken by Citizen Action/Illinois.  In the case of incumbents, Citizen Action will also consider their score on our Legislative Scorecard (click here for Citizen Action/Illinois 2012 Illinois Legislature Scorecard).

Citizen Action/Illinois Releases Illinois State Legislative Scorecard



Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to announce the release of its 2012 Illinois State Legislative Scorecard. Follow the link below to read the entire scorecard. 


Support our endorsed candidates for the state legislature!



Learn more about the candidates endorsed by the Progressive Action Project, the state PAC of Citizen Action/Illinois! 


for more information on the endorsed candidates.

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CA/IL honors Todd Smith, Clerk David Orr, Richard Kirsch at 2012 Pauls Awards


2012 Senator Paul Simon / Senator Paul Wellstone Awards

On Monday evening, April 23, 2012, Citizen Action/Illinois honored champions of the progressive movement at the seventh annual Senator Paul Simon / Senator Paul Wellstone Awards.