At a Capitol press conference today, State Representative Dan Brady of Normal and members of the House Republican Caucus outlined new legislation to reform state ethics laws and to ensure state legislators will be held accountable for their actions.
Brady says a growing number of investigations and indictments for corruption involving state legislators in recent months highlight the need to take action during this final week of the fall veto session. He is a chief co-sponsor of House Bill 3947 that will ban lawmakers from performing paid lobbying work with local government units while they are in office.
The Republican also brought forward an ethics proposal that Democrat leadership blocked from floor action and the need for “fair maps” legislation.
In October, Rep. Luis Arroyo became the third state legislator this year to be indicted or implicated in a federal corruption investigation.
In just the past few months, State Senator Tom Cullerton was indicted on 45 counts of embezzlement and State Senator Martin Sandoval was revealed to be under investigation in a widespread federal corruption probe that has ensnared a number of local government bodies and businesses.