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Christina Tobin, Founder and Chair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Free & Equal to hold press conference on filing fee bill at 11am tomorrow
Christina Tobin, founder and Chair of Free & Equal, will hold a press conference tomorrow at 11am. Christina will release the language for a proposed bill to allow filing fees in lieu of signatures, for ballot access. The press conference will take place at Free & Equal’s Chicago office on 407 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1107.
Free & Equal has identified both Democratic and Republican sponsors for such a bill in the Illinois state legislature. Christina will also be speaking to the Chicago Bar Association about the bill, at the invitation of their Election Law Committee Chair. Eleven states currently allow the use of filing fees in lieu of signatures.
Christina was quoted today in the Chicago Sun Times regarding filing fees, and reports of corruption and fraud in the petition process for Chicago’s mayoral election.
Also at the press conference will be Jim Tobin, who will speak about his experience running for Governor in 1998, when he collected over 63,000 signatures, but failed to gain access to the ballot. Jim Tobin is Christina’s father.
Free & Equal is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the politically marginalized and disenfranchised.