“My goal with this legislation is to eliminate conflicts of interests and to ensure that Illinois government is transparent, ethical, and corruption free.” – State Senator Dan Kotowski
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Dan Kotowski’s (D–Park Ridge) ethics reform legislation which increases transparency in government passed the Senate on Thursday.
Kotowski has been working with Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon on a measure that updates a disclosure form known as the Statement of Economic Interests. The current form is over 40 years old and contains many loopholes.
“My goal with this legislation is to eliminate conflicts of interests and to ensure that Illinois government is transparent, ethical, and corruption free,” Kotowski said.
This updated form would require officials to list all outside sources of incomes and expands inquiries of lobbyist relationships. The form is easier for the filer to understand and includes direction and examples.
“The people of Illinois deserve to know if elected officials and high-ranking government employees are working in the public’s interest or in their own self interest,” said Simon, who served on the Illinois Reform Commission. “Increased transparency builds trust and I appreciate Sen. Dan Kotowski’s hard work in moving this reform measure through the Senate.”
This measure, Senate bill 1361, passed the Senate with a vote of 52-1 and awaits House action.