House Democrats Fail to Pass Pritzker’s Revised Ineffective Ethics Bill

House Democrats Fail to Pass Pritzker’s Revised Ineffective Ethics Bill

House Republicans stood strong for Illinois families by opposing efforts to advance Governor Pritzker’s ethics legislation that fell woefully short of real reform.

September 1, 2021

Last night, House Republicans stood strong for Illinois families by opposing efforts to advance Governor Pritzker’s ethics legislation that fell woefully short of real reform. If this legislation were to become law, Pritzker and Springfield Democrats would simply claim ‘victory’ and then refuse to enact any further changes to Illinois’ ethics laws. By blocking this latest feeble attempt at reform, House Republicans are sending a signal to Pritzker that it’s time to get serious and go back to the drawing board.

Illinois families know that the only way to finally put an end to the culture of corruption that has plagued our state for generations is to enact meaningful ethics reform to hold elected officials accountable for their actions and ensure that they are putting those they represent first, instead of themselves.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Just before adjourning late Tuesday, the House voted down proposed change made by Pritzker to an ethics package…killing the legislation.

…Pritzker and sponsor lawmakers have hailed the package as an important step toward addressing pervasive public corruption in Illinois, but good-government groups and even some supporters have argued it doesn’t go far enough.

The legislature’s top watchdog, Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope, was so incensed with changes affecting her office that she tendered her resignation last month, telling lawmakers their work this spring “demonstrated true ethics reform is not a priority.”

…Critics contended many of those changes were filled with loopholes that would have rendered them ineffective.

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