Our annual awards celebration is back! After more than three years, we could not be more excited to see you all in person. This year, we're recognizing four of our state's brightest stars: people who have spoken truth to power, blazed new trails in our democracy, and dedicated their lives to serving the people of Illinois. 

There'll be food, drink, inspiration, and great company. And, of course, the opportunity to support Reform for Illinois' critical mission of creating a more ethical and equitable democracy that works for everyone.

2023 Honorees

Presented by Chicago Ald. Matt Martin, IL state Rep. Kam Buckner, Chicago Tonight's Paris Schutz, former Cook County Clerk David Orr, and others.

Illinois state Senator Robert Peters for his tireless efforts to give voice to the unheard and strengthen democracy through programs like civics education for incarcerated individuals.

Hon. Dick Simpson, professor emeritus at UIC and former Chicago alderman, for his lifelong commitment to fighting against corruption and for good government in Chicago. 

Hon. Michele Smith, former alderwoman of Chicago's 43rd Ward, for her leadership in passing meaningful ethics reform in Chicago.  

Amanda Vinicky, WTTW correspondent and host, for her incisive coverage of state politics and her essential role in holding power to account. 

This event is made possible by our generous sponsors. 

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click the "Donate" button to see our sponsorship levels. 

Legend ($10,000+) 

David Hiller

Champion ($5,000+)

Mary and Prof. Ben Page

Advocate ($2,500+) 

Hon. Michele Smith

Prof. Dick Simpson

David Melton and Nancy Segal

Watchdog ($1,500+) 

Wellington Church

Supporter ($500+) 

Hon. David Orr

Joe Ferguson, (re)Chicago

Carrie K. Huff Law Office

Birch and Galen Burghardt

Senate President Don Harmon

Board of Review Commissioner Samantha Steele

Dana Pownall

Scott and Betsy Lassar

Reception Details

Date: October 19, 2023

Time: 6 PM-8 PM

Where: Fremont, 15 W. Illinois St., Chicago IL

General Admission: $135

See "Purchase Tickets" button in upper right to buy tickets and for more information on Sponsorship Levels

Contact us at 312-436-1274 or [email protected] for more information. We hope you can join us!

Reform for Illinois is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.


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