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As more cases of government fraud and misconduct are
investigated, is it any wonder that Illinois citizens are jaded?
The office of the inspector general was set up in 2003 to monitor
ethical problems in state government, but right now the majority of
those complaints filed against state employees are confidential. An
ethics reform plan I am sponsoring will increase public access to
these ethics complaints.
My legislation --
Senate Bill 151 -- allows findings of a violation by the
inspector general's office to be available through the Freedom of
Increased disclosure of these findings is in everyone's best
interest. If a complaint is found valid, then the public should know
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Current Executive Inspector General James Wright is backing my
proposal. It is my hope that the editors of newspapers across
Illinois will take a closer look at Senate Bill 151 and begin a
public discussion with their readers about the need for this
If we are ever to restore people's confidence in their state
government, we need to make the results of ethics complaints public
and bring a healthy dose of sunshine to the whole process.
Sen. Bill Brady
State Senator, 44th District
February 24, 2007]
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