Could 2021 Be The Year Illinois Makes Ethics Reforms?

Law360 (December 21, 2020, 4:44 PM EST) -- Advocates for ethics reform in the Prairie State are hopeful the $200 million Commonwealth Edison Co. bribery scandal involving the alleged influence of the powerful House speaker will prompt changes in a state that's been no stranger to political corruption.

Yet others are more skeptical the next year will bring change, given Illinois' history of controversy, including two governors who have gone to prison on corruption charges.

Among the proposals state government watchers expect to see include closing the "revolving door" between lawmakers and lobbyists, strengthening requirements for disclosing conflicts of interest and recusing from voting when there is a conflict,...

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