Cynthia Canary is executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a group that is a founding member of the Midwest Democracy Network. She also serves on the network's steering committee.
It's been said time and again that "all politics is local." Truth be told, most people think of politics in national terms -- this year more than ever. But the greatest potential for rethinking American democracy may lie in working at the regional level. A largely under-the-radar experiment underway in a politically important five-state area of the country could change that.