For immediate release
August 13, 2020
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – In the wake of numerous, ongoing federal investigations involving bribery, influence peddling and insider-trading impacting state government officials and lobbyists; State Representative Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, joined democratic lawmakers from both the Illinois House of Representative and Illinois Senate on August 13 via Zoom and presented proposals that would dramatically increase transparency and take meaningful strides toward restoring public trust in state government.
“I am proud to stand today with my colleagues,” said Edly-Allen. “As a freshman legislator, these are exactly the types of reforms I wanted to enact when I first ran for office. They are exactly the types of reforms I hear residents in my district demanding every day,” added Edly-Allen.
Specifically, lawmakers point to nine steps that relate directly to the activities of lobbyists, legislators, and General Assembly leadership:
- Prohibit legislator-lobbyists
- Stop the legislator-lobbyist revolving door
- Better define who is a lobbyist
- Fuller disclosure of outside income
- Establish an official censure process
- Measures to strengthen the office of Legislative Inspector General
- End the exemption for General Assembly employees from the Human Rights Act
- Establish term-limits for Legislative leaders
- Establish a process for the removal of leaders and committee chairs
“I refuse to be silent and protect the status quo that I ran against in 2018,” said Edly-Allen. “We have a lot of work to do to restore the trust and faith of the citizens of Illinois, and I am committed to do this work together with my colleagues; the work to fight for bold, structural, and systemic ethics reform in the Illinois legislature. The citizens of Illinois deserve nothing less. Simply put, the culture in Springfield must change. And we must pass these reforms now,” concluded Edly-Allen.
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