Do you support public financing of municipal campaigns? Please explain your position.

Housing & Affordability

No, I feel that a candidate’s ability to raise funds is an important measure in an ability to be an
affective alderman.

no The city can’t afford it, it’s just that simple. Now if corporations were
to donate to a dedicated fund that could be used by qualified (those making the ballot) candidates
then I would support the initiative

NO-It is a fundamental right for individuals to support the candidates they believe in and that includes the right to make a financial contribution. Additionally, I do not think the will is there among residents for public financing of municipal campaigns. That said, campaign finance law seems to be the wild west at this time and, now more than ever, it is up to individual candidates to be very selective when it comes to from whom they accept contributions. I am very careful to avoid conflicts of interest.

Taking private money out of the political process is one of the ways to heal it. Public financing
seems an obvious alternative.

Please explain your position. It helps put people on equal footing, particularly given the
enormous influence “Big Money” has had on recent elections.

Once candidates have established their credibility through
raising a threshold-funding amount and/or acquiring the necessary number of signatures
to qualify, public financing should be employed. However, a limit on expenditures should be set.

Yes, I would be willing to support public financing of municipal campaigns if it could be
determined that more parity could be achieved in the amount of money spent on municipal

Yes. I think this is a long term goal that we should pursue to remove special interest money from politics and to make aldermen more accountable to constituents rather than special interests

There must be clear delineation in elected offices and public financing in order to ensure
effectiveness and efficiency in City government.

YES. I support public financing of elections in general.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I support measures to limit campaign spending and running clean elections. Campaigns are about the voters, and show be supported by the voters and those within the ward.
Machine politics spreading across the city leads to corruption and preferential

No. I support honest, open, and fair elections. Public funds are better used for our public services such as City operations and Public Education.


The amounts of money being wasted on elections is ridiculous. As a marketer, I am a big fan of making sure you have the right message not just the loudest voice. By supporting public financing and standardized campaign budget levels, we create a level playing field for the candidates with the best and most efficient use of said budget combined with a great message to win the day with voters.

It takes corporate money out of the equation, public financing
becomes the equalizer

Yes; we must work at all levels of government to reduce the influence of money in politics
and make it possible for all qualified candidates to run for office, not just those with money
and connections.

yes. Public financing is already occurring in political campaigns. In my race, the politically connected
candidates are getting help from lawyers who are indirectly compensated by the government to do nominating petition challenges. Incumbents also use public money to build up their name recognition via publicly paid for mailings or “community meetings” featuring many government agencies offering services.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

Of course not. Why would the public ever have to flip the bill for an election? It’s an awful form of patronage
work that is unacceptable.

yes. Money has much too powerful of an influence on our political process. I think that public financing
would help to balance, what could be a threat to democracy

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Democracy demands that all people – regardless of their socioeconomic status – have a voice in
government. Our current system of privately funded campaigns allows the rich and powerful an
outsized voice in government, meaning that regular Chicagoans are increasingly losing their
ability to influence local elections. I am strongly in favor of publically financing municipal
campaigns to ensure no one person or group of people can buy elected office.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

The idea of publicly financed elections, dates back to the early 20th century. During this
time Progressive Era reformers sought to curb the undue political influence wielded by
multimillionaires. As you may recall these multi millionnaire were created during the
nineteenth century's industrial revolution (Ford, Carnegie, Edison…).
Of recent, the 1990s, there has been success with the Fair/Clean Election Campaign
movement. Full public financing of elections have begun to emerge.. Some form of Clean
Money, Clean Elections has laws have passed in eleven states and four municipalities—
Maine, Vermont, Arizona, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Mexico, New Jersey,
Connecticut, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Hawaii, as well as Portland, Oregon,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Clean Elections remains law in all these places remain with the exception of Massachusetts

I need to complete further investigation before making an informed decision.


I believe money should not be the sole basis to determine who will serve our city on the council.
Public financing of municipal campaigns can prevent the new trajectory that suggests that the
candidate with the most financial backing will represent the people. This path is flawed and public
financing of municipal campaigns may reverse this pattern.

YES I think public financing takes away the lure of “big money” tied to
corporations or PAC’s and allows for candidates/incumbents to raise money from and dependent
on their constituents. This has the potential to eliminate corruption and allow ordinary citizens like
myself an opportunity to run for office.

Ideally all candidates who collected a threshold number of petition signatures would receive public funding for their campaigns, to open up the field of possible candidates to all of those qualified rather than just those who have access to large donations. Public engagement in elections would be far more robust and candidates would be more independent in their positions. However, in a time when public treasuries are stressed to the limits, public financing of campaigns is not the most optimal way to spend public money. What I do hope to see much of, and will in this election, are ample public debates and press coverage of the race, which will overcome much of the benefit that money can bring to a race.

I support a complete overhaul of the Chicago Election Board and giving them the authority to provide all necessary information to the public regarding all candidates for municipal elections, in addition to far more responsibilities to make the selection of candidates more democratice.

I think there is far too much “big money” in politics at all levels of government. Public financing of
campaigns would give the public added assurances that their representatives are representing
only that public’s interests, and not the interests of big business or wealthy individuals.
Maintaining public trust is essential to the work we do in City Council, and I believe public
campaign funding would create a critical bulwark against cynicism.

Public financing of municipal campaigns would allow a viable candidate without the necessary financial backing or resources to have an ability to run a competitive race without having to be indebted to special interest groups. It fosters and encourages a democratic process, voter participation end ensures liberties long fought for.

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council


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I worked with Common Cause Illinois to place on this February’s municipal election ballot a measure that calls for public financing of municipal campaigns. Though I understand the public’s irritation at being asked to finance political campaigns, I don’t believe an alderman’s constituents are well-served if he or she spends an inordinate amount of time raising money. My answer applies to mayoral campaigns as well.

Yes.I think the current situation of aldermen taking contributions from zoning attorneys, developers
and others with business before the alderman has led to so much proven corruption and/or
influence of donator's interests outweighing those of average citizens that public financing
seems to be the best solution

Yes,I support efforts to reduce or eliminate the corrosive influence of money in our political system. I
would favor a small-donor match program similar to the one adopted by New York and other

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council


YES.I think the current situation of aldermen taking contributions from zoning attorneys, developers
and others with business before the alderman has led to so much proven corruption and/or
influence of donator's interests outweighing those of average citizens that public financing
seems to be the best solution.