On final day of fall session, Illinois lawmakers propose new disclosures for lobbyists, public officials

Chicago Tribune Politics 3 weeks ago

Illinois lawmakers are considering new disclosure requirements for lobbyists and public officials in response to an ongoing federal public corruption probe that has ensnared politicians from Chicago City Hall to the Capitol in Springfield.

The proposal from Democrats comes on the final day of the General Assembly’s fall veto session, which began in late October as then-state Rep. Luis Arroyo was being charged in federal court with bribing a state senator to support sweepstakes gaming legislation that would have benefited one of Arroyo’s City Hall lobbying clients.

Democratic leaders are proposing a joint House-Senate committee be formed to examine and propose changes to the state’s lobbying and ethics laws. The panel would issue a report by March 31.

“We need to do it in a thoughtful, systematic and comprehensive way," House Democratic leader Greg Harris of Chicago said Thursday at a House committee hearing.

A separate but related measure would strengthen the statements of economic interest state officials are required to file annually, mandating that officials answer all questions and providing examples of how to answer them.

The measure also would require more disclosure by state lobbyists, including making them disclose any unit of local government that they lobby and any elected or appointed office they hold.

House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs, whose caucus has issued repeated calls for overhauling lobbying and ethics laws, said there was no input from the GOP on the proposals Democrats introduced.

Check back for updates

Source link
Read also:
Raw Story › 1 week ago
“We are taking on the big-money interests who have an army of lobbyists trying to defeat Medicare for All.” Documents obtained by the Washington Post Monday showed that lobbyists helped three state lawmakers draft op-eds this year attacking...
The New York Times › Politics › 1 week ago
Lobbyists were involved in drafting or revising opinion columns about health care written by state lawmakers in Montana and Ohio, officials said.
Chicago Tribune › Politics › 0 month ago
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans on making a day trip to the state Capitol on Tuesday, the start of the final and crucial leg of the Illinois General Assembly’s fall session. She’s asking lawmakers to pass a tax hike on expensive real estate...
Chicago Tribune › Politics › 2 months ago
Federal agents who raided the state Capitol office of Sen. Martin Sandoval last week were looking for information related to concrete and construction businesses, lobbyists, and public officials, and “items related to any official action taken in...
Chicago Tribune › Politics › 1 month ago
A burgeoning federal investigation into ComEd’s lobbying activities centers on the utility giant hiring politically connected lobbyists to curry favor with lawmakers in exchange for favorable action at the Illinois Capitol, a source familiar with the...
Chicago Tribune › Politics › 3 weeks ago
The Illinois Senate overwhelmingly approved Thursday Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to consolidate 650 downstate and suburban police and fire pension funds, delivering the first-term governor his top priority during the fall veto session.
Chicago Tribune › 1 month ago
Illinois is a step closer to phasing out the use of cancer-causing ethylene oxide, but business lobbyists are rallying to block the legislation from reaching Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk before the General Assembly’s fall session adjourns.
The Boston Globe › 1 week ago
Lobbyists either helped draft or made extensive revisions to opinion columns published by three state lawmakers that warned against the dangers of Medicare for All, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post.
ABC News › 1 week ago
A newspaper says lobbyists were involved in drafting or revising opinion columns about health care written by state lawmakers in Montana and Ohio
CBS Local › 1 month ago
Lobbyists who do business in city officials will now be required to register with Baltimore.
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google