SPRINGFIELD — A bipartisan group of state senators is calling on Congress to send states a constitutional amendment that would overrule the Citizens United decision and allow states to impose limits on campaign contributions, including from corporations. Yesterday dozens of grassroots activists rallied in support of Senate Joint Resolution 27 and lobbied their members for reforms they believe are needed to reduce the influence of money in politics and encourage ordinary citizens to participate in the electoral process.
“Most Illinoisans intuitively understand that when it comes to free speech, corporations and individuals aren’t created equal,” chief sponsor Sen. Heather Steans (D-7th) said. “But our hands are tied by a Supreme Court decision that severely limits our ability as lawmakers to take on a culture of corruption that saps our state’s democratic energies.”
“Last November, 74% of Kane County voters supported reversing the Citizens United ruling,” Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-Elgin) said. “Today I’m proud to stand in agreement with my constituents. We need to tilt the balance of power back toward the people by limiting the overwhelming influence of corporate entities.”