Illinoisans have been paying the high price of corruption for decades. Corruption decreases economic growth and discourages investment in our state. Misuse of funds and the misallocation of resources benefits a few at the expense of everyone else. Unchecked corruption erodes public trust in elected officials.
House Republicans have introduced multiple bills aimed at ending the culture of corruption in Illinois. We must eliminate conflicts of interests, removing partisan politics from drawing legislative boundaries and giving citizens more control of their government.
Expose and Eliminate Conflicts of Interest
Conflict of interest and economic disclosure statements give citizens the ability to hold lawmakers accountable. Illinois should adopt a model of disclosure that will expose conflicts and help end the culture of corruption.
Ban General Assembly Members from Lobbying
Allowing General Assembly members to also be government consultants and lobbyists breeds corruption. An outright lobbying ban for General Assembly members will stop the practice immediately and start cleaning up government.
Re-balance the Power Structure
For decades, only Mike Madigan was able to decide if a bill would be called for vote, with disastrous results for Illinois. The legislative process needs reform to allow every legislator to get an up or down vote on their bills.
Empower Citizens to Act
Illinois citizens are fed up with state government. We must take control of an out of control government marked by corruption. Allowing citizens to more easily introduce amendments to our constitution and to recall corrupt officials will give them more control of state government.
Create a Strong Watchdog
Democrats passed a bill that so weakened the office of the Legislative Inspector General’s Office, the former LIG quit. It’s time to empower the state’s corruption watchdog and give the Legislative Inspector General strong subpoena power.
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