We Need Meaningful Ethics Reforms Now

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s longtime chief of staff has begun his prison sentence.


Meanwhile, many meaningful ethics reforms were filed by House Republicans this spring, but never called for a vote by Supermajority Democrats running the Illinois House:

House Bill 4119 – Prohibits elected officials from using political campaign donations to pay for criminal defense. 

House Bill 1277 – Benefit or annuity payments to a member or participant in a retirement system or pension fund shall be suspended if the member or participant is charged with a felony. 

House Bill 4286 – Provides for a three-year revolving door ban on lobbying. 

House Bill 4288 – Requires the Executive and Legislative Ethics Commissions to make reports available within 60 days of receipt. 

House Bill 4289 – Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act to expand the definition of “officials” to include more positions at the local level and expands the definition of “lobbying.”