Members of the Illinois Senate are talking about a resolution that will urge Congress to overturn Citizens United. The 2010 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums to influence elections, giving rise to Super PACs, which are corporations set up to do nothing but wage campaigns. The resolution would urge Congress to pass a constitutional amendment banning corporate money from politics.
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“There are a lot of issues about how we build the structure of our government that tend to put people to sleep, but if we don’t take care of those issues and build a functioning institution of democracy that allows the voice of the people to be represented in government, then nothing else can matter,” said State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston).
Aquene Fairchild, senior organizer for Public Citizens, says voters are worried about the large amounts of money companies are allowed to put into elections. “In the last election, we saw corruption was the second highest concern for voters after jobs,” Fairchild said. SJR 27 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Executive Committee on May 1.