“These are commonsense reforms that will help ensure that legislators represent your interest instead of theirs,” said Sen. Jil Tracy of Quincy.
Sen. Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods said many of the ideas aren’t new and have even gotten positive votes in either the House or Senate. However, none has passed both chambers and become law.
A spokesman for Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said the Republicans presented “some interesting ideas.”
“We look forward to them working with us to pass and enact meaningful ethics reform for the people of Illinois,” said John Patterson.
Four state lawmakers have faced federal charges in the past year for various alleged illegal activities and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, as been implicated, but not charged, in a federal investigation into the activities of utility giant Commonwealth Edison. A legislative commission was formed last year to recommend new ethics laws in the wake of the investigations and charges. However, it hasn’t met for months as the coronavirus disrupted state operations. Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, a co-chair of the commission, has said recommendations will be released this fall so that lawmakers can consider them during the veto session that starts in November.