ABOUT PURPLE BENCH

OUR MISSION & INTENT

We at Common Cause Illinois want to present you with nonpartisan facts about politics and policies in our state – so you can make informed decisions about the issues that affect you the most, and act to create monumental change.

LEARN & UNDERSTAND

We’ve assembled the facts about where Illinois politicians stand. Here, you’ll find real data on how your local and state representatives voted on issues and where their interests are.

LEARN ABOUT ISSUES

GET INVOLVED & ACT

You can make a real difference, and we’re here to help. When you select an issue that matters to you, we can connect you with ways to volunteer, donate and more.

FIND WAYS TO HELP

MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

When you connect with people in your community, you show your legislators that you care and you matter. Join new conversations so we can help keep legislators accountable.

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WHY PURPLE BENCH?

PurpleBench.org (a Common Cause Project), was created to bring Illinoisans together. It’s a safe spot where everyone can converse freely and without judgement to address the real political concerns that affect us all. When we come together to listen and understand — the bigger picture comes into focus, and we can work together to make a difference.

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    COMING TO A LOCATION NEAR YOU

    Join us on a Purple Bench near you. We’ll be traveling all over Illinois to talk to citizens like you! Take a seat, engage and learn, then get involved to make a big difference for your community.

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