State News
7:47 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Discussion on State Officials and Employees Ethics Act

It has been ten years since what's known as the "State Officials and Employees Ethics Act" became law in Illinois, a major initiative for the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. As the bill was being signed, ICPR's leaders learned that their founder, former U.S. Senator Paul Simon, had died.

December 9 is also when, five years ago, former Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges. And it's the same date that, a year after Blagojevich's arrest, Illinois passed the state's first-ever limits on campaign contributions.

Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky spoke with the Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison, and asked him why he considers the 2003 ethics law to be "landmark."