File under Illinois ain’t ready for reform,
SPRINGFIELD – On Friday, March 23, it became apparent that several ethics measures introduced by State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) would never make it to the Senate floor. LaHood’s bills, which were common-sense measures to increase transparency and promote ethical behavior in the General Assembly, have been held in the Senate Executive Subcommittee on State Government Operations. This is a tactic often used by Senate Democrats to kill legislation and prevent it from coming up for a vote on the Senate floor. To get this legislation considered, LaHood has even offered to allow a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus to take over sponsorship of the bill, so long as this important measure will be allowed to come to the floor for a vote.