Thank you for joining the fight to end the culture of corruption in Illinois and change our state. 

Illinois is the third most corrupt state in the country. This amendment will empower voters with another tool to hold elected officials accountable between elections since the politicians have proven to be incapable of doing it themselves. 

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Petition Signature Rules 

1. Petition can only be signed by a registered voter residing in the state of Illinois. 

2. A signer must sign his or her own signature. The signer cannot sign for someone else such as a family member. 

3. Petition signer only needs to ‘sign’ his or her name. If need be, someone else can fill  in the ‘printed name’ and address columns. 

Petition Circulation Rules 

1. Per recent law, an individual who is 17 years of age, will be 18 years of age on the date of the immediately following general or consolidated election, and is otherwise qualified to vote shall be deemed eligible to circulate a petition. 

2. The Circulator must be a US Citizen, but does not need to reside in the state of Illinois to circulate. 

3. The Circulator must personally witness all signatures given. 

4. Ensure the City and County information is spelled out completely; ditto marks and abbreviations (such as Hts for Heights) are not allowed. For unincorporated areas, the City is the municipality providing postal service. 

5. The Circulator must complete the circulator’s statement at the bottom of the petition sheet certifying address, age and citizenship information. 

6. The Circulator must sign the required circulator’s statement before a notary public stating that all signatures were taken in his or her presence. 

7. Please send the notarized petition to: 

Illinois Opportunity Project
141 W Jackson Suite 1065
Chicago, IL 60604

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How to talk about the initiative 

  • Illinois voters should have the power to recall elected officials so that they can finally end the culture of corruption and increase accountability. Accountability is essential to restoring trust in state government.

  • Politicians work for us, not the other way around. Without accountability, we will always have problems. When the system is broken, families don’t get help, prosperity can’t grow, and opportunities don’t flourish. In Illinois, we are feeling the negative consequences of elected officials who aren’t accountable.

  • This amendment would empower you to hold politicians accountable immediately and not have to wait until the next election. 

  • Empowering voters with cleaning up their governments will achieve better outcomes. Politicians have failed to hold each other accountable and can’t be trusted to serve your best interests. 

  • Illinois ranks the third most corrupt state in the nation. The current legislative watchdog resigned in disgust citing “true ethics reforms is not a priority” in the latest General Assembly. 

    • For example, Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) remains Senator of the 24th District two years after he was indicted on federal embezzlement charges. He isn’t up for reelection until 2022.  
    • In Chicago, the most corrupt city in the nation, Alderman Carrie Austin and Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson remain serving on the City Council after both have been indicted this year. They aren’t up for reelection until 2023. 

  • Embattled politicians shouldn’t have the power to control your family’s future in Illinois.
     
  • Corruption costs the state of Illinois $556 million a year. The culture of corruption punishes families and discourages businesses and other families from coming to the state.

  • For too long, our state is set up to protect the well-connected and ignore working-class families. This amendment will restore power back to the people. 

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FAQs

How many signatures do you need to get it on the ballot? 

Almost 363,000 ( 8% of the total votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election ). We have until May 8, 2022 to submit the petitions. 

Why do we need this process in place? Isn’t that what elections are for?

Voters can only recall the Governor right now in a flawed process that includes votes from politicians in the General Assembly. Sometimes, the issues are too egregious to wait another two, four, or even six years to recall problematic politicians. 

Think about school board members that wish to continue to mask your children, shut down school sports, or not reopen schools at all. You can’t wait for years when it comes to your children and their educational opportunities. 

Thank you! 

Thank you again for your dedication and passion to change our state so it better serves Illinois families! 

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