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ILLINOIS HOUSE MEMBERS ARE DISCUSSING ETHICS REFORMS, INCLUDING A REVOLVING DOOR PROHIBITION FOR LEGISLATORS. 

 

THE CHANGE WOULD PREVENT LAWMAKERS LEAVING OFFICE FROM IMMEDIATELY GOING TO WORK AS A LOBBYIST. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED A SIX MONTH BAN, BUT REFORM FOR ILLINOIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALISA KAPLAN SAYS TWO YEARS WOULD BE BETTER.

 

 

THE BAN WOULD PREVENT LAWMAKERS FROM TAKING A JOB AS A LOBBYIST RIGHT AFTER THEY LEAVE OFFICE. THE GOAL IS TO REDUCE PROBLEMS LIKE THE DEALS MADE IN THE COM-ED BRIBERY SCANDAL. BUT SOME LEGISLATORS DISAGREE, SAYING THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK ON ISSUES THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT AFTER THEY ARE DONE SERVING THE PUBLIC. REPRESENTATIVE KATIE STUART OF EDWARDSVILLE:

 

 

SEVERAL PROPOSALS ARE PENDING, LIMITING WORK AS A LOBBYIST FOR ANYWHERE FROM SIX MONTHS TO TWO YEARS AFTER LEAVING THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

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