I read the news today and oh, boy…another Illinois politician is under investigation.
The Chicago Sun Times reports an FBI investigation underway on Chicago Alderman Joe Moore (49th Ward) for firing two employees, who had allegedly complained about doing political work while on city time.
It’s no secret that Illinois has had its fair share of ethical discrepancies toward the conduct of business in the political arena.
However, some believe that the culmination of political scandal over the recent years may have finally reached its tipping point, which begs the question: Will Moore’s case be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back?
Many wonder if the feds will come down hard on Moore. But will more instances like this finally make Illinois voters realize the need for a near complete overhaul of our states ethics and good government laws?
I don’t know but I do know is that in 2014, voters may finally have the chance to vote on one of the largest and most sweeping reforms in over 30 years. Yes for Independent Maps is currently gathering signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to reform our state legislature’s redistricting process by creating a non-partisan redistricting commission similar to California, Arizona, Missouri, Florida, and a handful of other states.
An amazing first step towards saving Illinois from a handful of corrupt elected officials would be to create an independent mapping process. Why?
First, simply changing the way that state legislative districts are drawn will create an unprecedented level of transparency. It will also create more competitive districts. If it is successful, we will see like-minded communities protected rather than split apart for political purposes.
Secondly, if this amendment passes it will send a deafening boom to elected officials all over the state of Illinois and hopefully open the door to more good government policies.
The deafening boom of this amendment becoming law will remind elected officials how important integrity and ethics are to the people of Illinois.
CFO Consulting is proud and excited to be working with Yes for Independent Maps and to be helping them raise the money they will need to pass this amendment. We believe that reforms like this bring great transparency to the political process and help to create a better government that is capable of serving its citizens.
To learn more about the work we are doing with Yes for Independent Maps visit them at www.independentmaps.org.
By Nick Daggers, Vice President, Fundraising