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Sen. Brady for public disclosure of government complaint results

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Dear Editor:

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 Information Act.

Increased disclosure of these findings is in everyone's best interest. If a complaint is found valid, then the public should know what happened.

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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 measure.

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

[Posted February 24, 2007]

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