RepresentUs volunteers in Illinois are on the verge of an important anti-corruption victory, but they need your help
// The Opportunity
Volunteers John Galbo and Elizabeth Lindquist are submitting an op-ed letter, along with the name of every Illinoisan who signs it, to their local and regional newspapers.
They need your help to show the people of Rockford and Genoa, IL that the entire state has their back and wants to see anti-corruption questions on the November ballot.
Anti-corruption questions like these get over 80% support nationwide.
If they get on the ballot, they can win. Read the letter below, then add your name to show the people of Rockford and Genoa that Illinois has their back!
// The Letter
John and Elizabeth are submitting this letter, along with the names of everyone who signs on, to their local and regional newspapers, including the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune.
To: The Newspapers of Rockford and Genoa, IL, The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun Times
Enough. Illinoisans must take a stand against government corruption.
We, the undersigned people of Illinois, call on our neighbors in Rockford and Genoa to attend their April 8th township meetings and vote “yes” in support of placing anti-corruption referenda on the November ballots.
Passing these referenda will send a clear message to state and federal lawmakers: Illinoisans are fed up with the culture of legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics.
Policy decisions on nearly every issue, regardless of public opinion, are decided by a select few who can afford to write massive checks, host campaign fundraisers, and hire armies of lawyers and lobbyists. We refuse to accept that this is how our country should work. We should not have to buy access to our own government.
The question reads: “Do you support removing the corrupting influence of money on our political system by prohibiting politicians from taking campaign money from industries they regulate; increasing transparency for campaign funding; empowering all voters through a tax rebate to contribute to the candidates they support; stopping representatives and senior staff from all lobbying activity for five years once they leave office; and putting limits on ‘super PACs’?”
These ballot questions represent a crucial step in a historic fight. We cannot expect meaningful change to come from the corrupt culture of Washington, DC. We Illinoisans must lead by example and join the national anti-corruption movement one town at a time.
Corruption at the municipal, state and federal level is a national disgrace that does every hardworking American a disservice. As citizens of this great republic, it is our duty to put an end to this corruption once and for all. We urge our friends, family, and neighbors in Rockford and Genoa to do their part.
Rockford residents should attend their Annual Town Meeting on April 8 at 6:30 pm at Winnebago County Courthouse (County Board Room, 8th Floor), 400 W. State St. Rockford, IL, and vote in favor of placing this question on the ballot.
Genoa residents should attend their township meeting on April 8 at 6:30 pm at the Genoa Township Building, 221 East Railroad Avenue, Genoa, IL, and vote in favor of placing this question on the ballot.
Elizabeth Lindquist, Volunteer District Leader, RepresentUs IL-16
John Galbo, Volunteer District Leader, RepresentUs IL-17
…and every Illinoisan who has signed below