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Illinois Ethics Legislation

Postcard From the Last Colony

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.06.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Political power is not just the ability to make law, but also the real influence that elected leaders have on their communities. Children learn a lot about moral choices by observing the decisions of influential adults and public figures.

Speaker Madigan Blocks GOP Ethics Reform Proposal

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

House Speaker Michael Madigan swatted down a Republican effort Thursday to uncork stalled ethics legislation that would weaken his grip on power and c...

Quinn Not Sure About Signing Ethics Bills

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn is reviewing several major ethics proposals that lawmakers passed earlier this year and says he will decide whether to sign them into l...

Campaign Contribution Caps May See Legal Challenges

Chicago Public Radio | Sam Hudzik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This spring, lawmakers took a stab at the issue of ethics in government, and passed a campaign finance bill. But some advocates and experts call the p...

Vote Looms On Capping Campaign Contributions

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers may be set to vote on limiting campaign contributions. Sen. Don Harmon -- an Oak Park Democrat -- says h...

Quinn To Legislature: Ethics Reform Before Summer Break

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- With less than a month left in the legislative session, Gov. Pat Quinn is still talking only in broad outlines about the ethics reform...

What Veto?

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate passed one of the state's more fundamental post-Watergate campaign finance reforms _ a measure supporter...

Governor's Ethical Two-Step

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE Blagojevich responded to Monday's Sun-Times story about the contributions from a former state employee who pleaded guilty to felony corruption...

Blagojevich Warns Obama Of GOP "Ruse"

Chicago Tribune | Robert Mitchum and Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich warned home-state presidential contender Barack Obama he is falling into a Republican trap by siding against the gover...

Jones Caves To "My Friend, Barack Obama"

Chicago Tribune | Ray Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A day after getting a phone call from Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, Senate President Emil Jones decided Thursday to summon senators ...

Obama Makes The Call

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Responding to pleas from government reformers, Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday phoned Illinois Senate President Em...

Summary of the Proposed Lease of the State Lottery

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

I have had a number of inquiries about the details of the proposal to lease the State Lottery, so here we go with an explanation of SB2595, the version of the lottery lease proposal passed by the House.

Obama Prodded To Intervene On Illinois Ethics Bill

Crain's Chicago Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers tried again to draw Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama back into state politics. At a bipartisan press conference meant ...

Obama Dodges Illinois Ethics Gridlock

Chicago Sun-Times | Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Barack Obama left an imprint on two major ethics packages as a state senator, he ducked a plea Thursday to use his influence to safeguard landma...

House Restores Budget Cuts, Affirms Strong Ethics Law

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

The actions of the House, although by overwhelming bipartisan majorities, are only the first step in undoing this damage to the state.

Blagojevich Vetoes, Re-Writes Ethics Bill

State Journal-Register | Ryan Keith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich today drastically changed a legislative effort to curb "pay-to-play" political donations, using both his executive order and veto...