The Illinois Policy and Research Institute (IPRI) is a conservative think tank in Illinois with ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Cato Institute.
IPRI has been a central player in shaping the state’s anti-immigration laws, and it’s now at odds with state officials and advocates who say it’s a conduit for misinformation and political attacks on immigrants.IPRI President and CEO Richard Voss resigned this week amid allegations of plagiarism and a pattern of misconduct.
The organization, which receives more than $6 million from ALEC, has been at odds for years with the state legislature and its leadership, who have long sought to limit immigration in Illinois.IPI has faced pressure from activists and state officials to abandon its anti-immigrant agenda.
In March, the organization announced it would pull funding from two local affiliates, which include the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The state also revoked IPRI’s 501(c)(3) status, citing a series of internal investigations.
The Illinois Policy Review (IPR), which has been in the news recently for its “white paper” on “social justice” and its support for the state Republican Party, has also faced criticism for its links to ALEC and its role in crafting the state Senate’s immigration plan.
The group has received nearly $1 million in donations from conservative and corporate donors since 2013.