SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Question of the day

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

* Former state Rep. Tom Homer is retiring after a decade as the state legislature’s inspector general. He sat down for an interview with the AP. This excerpt revolves around a 2003 ethics reform law that banned large gifts for legislators among many other things

Since he took the legislature’s inspector general job in 2004, Homer has fielded 163 formal complaints, referring 11 to federal or state law enforcement authorities. Some of those ended in criminal convictions, although the law doesn’t allow him to talk about specific cases. […]

[The 2003 law] also created the Legislative Ethics Commission, a board of eight Senate and House members, four named by legislative leaders from each party, who must vote to approve the inspector general’s investigations and any decision to publish disciplinary action. A case in which a legislative staff member is suspended for at least three days is automatically published, but there’s no provision for suspending a lawmaker.

If a legislator is fined, it technically should be published, but Homer has been unsuccessful in getting the commission to approve fines against any lawmakers.

Q: As legislators, do you think commission members feel a need to protect their own?

A: “I have a very high regard for each of them. I think sometimes they’re put in an untenable position, the way it’s constituted. They’re there at the appointment of the leader.

“We have the ability to fine, but the ability to censure or reprimand is the sanction that’s missing here. They have that in the Congress and that’s probably the most potent tool that you can have.”

* The Question: Should the Legislative Inspector General be given the legal right to recommend that the Legislative Ethics Commission censure or reprimand state legislators? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.


survey services

- Posted by Rich Miller        


17 Comments
  1. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 12:26 pm:

    Obviously, this is a slam dunk issue so people don’t feel the need to comment.

    However, I’m not gonna post another story here until we get some comments on this question. Thanks!

    lol


  2. - Just Me - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    Comment


  3. - Stones - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 12:30 pm:

    Absolutely, esp. since the censure or reprimand is a recommendation. Sad to see Tom Homer go - a class act.


  4. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 12:30 pm:

    LOL

    Not enough.


  5. - a drop in - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    Recommend, yes. But that won’t go far at all. The silence after any recommendation will be deafening. For reference, see what kind of power Chicago’s IG has.


  6. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 12:45 pm:

    I voted yes because the legislature or the ethics commission could vote not to accept the recommendation. Would the ILGA vote to reprimand or censure? I think not considering that LEC hasn’t accepted any of Homer’s fines.


  7. - G'Kar - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    I voted yes simply because it is the right thing to do. One question though, if you have 8 members, 4 from each party, how do you keep it from simply becoming political and every vote along party lines to protect their own?


  8. - Jeff Trigg - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    I favor free speech over allowing internal government secrecy. Perhaps we should censure and reprimand those that wrote the part of this law that forbids Mr. Homer from discussing specific cases after they’ve been resolved. A public airing might help prevent future legislator abuses.


  9. - Plutocrat03 - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    Ten years and 163 complaints?

    I wonder how many dollars sit cost to process 1.5 complaints per month?

    It’s not like Illinois is lacking ethically challenged legislators…..


  10. - walker - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    Not sure. Sounds good on the surface, but not sure it’s workable. Is it meant to be public shaming, provided members from both parties agree to do it? Referring to federal and state law enforcement, for further investigation, has real teeth.


  11. - A guy... - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    I honestly voted “no” for the moment. I’d be a strong “yes” for the future. We’ve got to fix some things in order for this to work as it was intended. Mr. Homer’s brief comments speak volumes about the need. He retires not being able to affect the change he wanted because our current mess down in the State Capitol acts as an enemy even to good policy. I badly wanted to vote yes and couldn’t.


  12. - Modest proposal - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    I’ll bite. I voted in the minority on this one. On paper it seems like a great idea, but as gkar mentioned it seems like it has the possibility of getting political. I see it being political, not useful. So I voted no.


  13. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    No. The entire scenario has been an exercise in failure when considering how much corruption is in our state. They have been like a blind bank guard handcuffed to their post.


  14. - Anon - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 2:50 pm:

    == I favor free speech over allowing internal government secrecy…A public airing might help prevent future legislator abuses. ==

    What about an investigation that finds no wrongdoing? Should that be publcized, knowing much of the public takes “under investigation” as tantamount to a guilty plea. I’d say no.


  15. - Sunshine - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 3:06 pm:

    Seems that only strong, enforceable ethics legislation will bring out the honesty in our elected office holders.

    Unfortunately the fox is the one voting for rules regarding the hen house.


  16. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 6:47 pm:

    Oh please. The man couldn’t get even a fine against legislators so what’s the point. Homer was singularly ineffective - either because he was unwilling or unable to be aggressive. Compare the situation in Chicago when you had a lapdog IG replaced by David Hoffman and then Ferguson.


  17. - Capo - Monday, Jun 30, 14 @ 11:36 pm:

    Some of these so called independent I.G.’s aren’t so independent. Voted No.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* A missed revenue opportunity
* Caption contest!
* Union-sponsored poll shows support for labor agenda
* A good way and a bad way
* The next target
* Question of the day
* Sam Zell quadruples wife's contribution
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser/event list (Use last week's password)
* Cleaning up part of the CoD mess
* Today's number: $42,000
* Anti Israeli boycott bill moves to the House
* Out of state biz journalists peeved at Rauner
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Your daily "right to work" roundup
* Redistricting effort to reboot this week
* Having it both ways
* Why isn't Speaker Madigan voting on bills?
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in certain countries
        * OPPO’s bezel-less tech explained; curved glass, refraction in play
        * SwiftKey Debuts “Clarity,” An Experimental Keyboard Featuring Multi-Word Autocorrect
        * Samsung Moves Away from ARM Chips in Favor of Custom Exynos M1 Chipsets
        * Apple Watch gets dunked and drilled, but comes out strong in durability tests
        * Apple Watch unboxing & initial set-up (Video)
        * Qualcomm to help market Chinese smartphones globally

        * Microsoft Phones Infringe Patents, ITC Judge Rules
        * This Video Shows Off the Three Best Ways to Roll Up Your Sleeves
        * Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Open Beta Confirmed
        * Rent An R8 In San Francisco Directly From Audi
        * Apple Watch Shatters When Dropped, Impact Resistant Much?
        * Minecraft Players Can Now Choose To Play As A Girl
        * Obama’s Unclassified Emails Hacked?

        * Podcast: White Sox Fighting Back
        * White Sox Minor League Update: April 26 - May 2
        * Sox grab lead with five-run sixth, then hold off Royals
        * Melky's leaping grab at wall helps Sox edge Royals
        * Robertson earns win, save in odd day for reliever
        * With two wins in one day, Sox feel they're turning corner
        * White Sox 5, Royals 3: David Robertson bookends productive day

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Anti Israeli boycott bill moves to the House..
        * Why isn’t Speaker Madigan voting on bills?..
        * Illinois budget cuts to affect students, sickle.....
        * Zell gives $4 million to Rauner's pro-business PAC..
        * How exactly is privatization better, Mr. Governor?..
        * Sam Zell donates $4 million to Gov. Rauner..
        * Suburban Chicago mayors protest proposed budget.....
        * Lupus Walk set for May 9 at QJHS..
        * Sam Zell gives $4 million to Rauner-allied supe.....
        * Legislators on Budget Cuts..


        * Suburban Chicago mayors protest proposed budget cuts
        * WIU football player to be bone marrow donor for infant
        * Illinois budget cuts to affect students, sickle cell center
        * New central Illinois elementary school has 10 safe rooms
        * Madigan continues push for campus sex assault protection
        * Sam Zell gives $4M to Illinois Gov. Rauner's political fund
        * Work to start later this year on Illinois fertilizer plant
        * Illinois company wants to prepare schools for shooters
        * 82-year-old woman dies in southern Illinois house fire
        * Trial to begin in 2010 slayings of Chicago officer, official

        * Suburban Chicago mayors protest proposed budget cuts
        * Illinois budget cuts to affect students, sickle cell center
        * Billionaire Sam Zell gives $4M to Rauner's political fund
        * Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary
        * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
        * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
        * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
        * New schools chief says funding fix could take years
        * State budget fix includes $106M in Medicaid cuts
        * House passes bill to create high-speed rail oversight panel

        * Obscure federal agency with a lot of dough comes calling in Chicago
        * Boeing CEO: Losing Ex-Im Bank could cost U.S. manufacturing jobs
        * Paul Johnson, bank builder and bon vivant, dies at 83
        * Zell gives $4 million to Rauner's pro-business PAC
        * DLA Piper no longer the country's largest law firm


          * Lure of $20,000 reward led to charges in cop killing, defense says
          * Two wounded in West Pullman neighborhood shooting
          * Police: Girl, 12, bitten by pit bull on Northwest Side
          * Woodstock dad charged after baby found to have skull fracture: police
          * Ex-WTHS band booster treasurer pleads guilty to stealing $26,000
          * Police: Knife-wielding man tried to rob Rogers Park eatery
          * Cops: Woman accused of burglarizing Roscoe Village school
          * Extra-alarm fire extinguished in Humboldt Park
          * No bones about it, leashed dogs will be allowed on The 606
          * Researchers warn of binge drinking by teens at Lollapalooza


          * More than 1,000 local nurses plan a strike
          * Changes in taxi industry leave cab owners underwater
          * More than 3,700 dead in Nepal as earthquake's toll rises
          * Trial to begin in 2010 slayings of Chicago officer, official
          * Illinois prisons chief says union contracts causing problems
          * Sheriff Dart to investigate unlicensed rehab centers
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The fight between unions and Rauner
          * Large provider of Chicago mental health services, C4, is closing
          * After detective’s acquittal in fatal shooting, prosecutors face criticism
          * Mayor Emanuel taps CTA director to be chief of staff


          * Marc Levine: Rauner has the solution for Illinois' pension problem
          * Suburban Chicago mayors protest proposed budget cuts
          * Illinois budget cuts to affect students, sickle cell center
          * Billionaire Sam Zell gives $4M to Rauner's political fund
          * Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary
          * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
          * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Downstate representation gone from Illinois Commerce Commission
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says


          * Christopher mourns former police chief
          * 3 suspected of stealing boat, truck, trailer caught near Rock River
          * Woman unfit for trial a second time in bomb threat case
          * Cahokia man spat in officer’s face, charged with felony
          * Street closures listing
          * United Airlines CEO's 2014 compensation tops $11.3 million
          * Prosecutor won't seek third term
          * Central Illinois Business 4-25-15
          * Illinois budget cuts to affect students, sickle cell center
          * State police continue investigation into officer-involved shooting


          * Proposal would give Illinois' terminally ill right to try unapproved drugs
          * Naperville teen injured in 20-foot fall at Starved Rock
          * Harper company welcomes wheelchair-bound dancer into fold
          * This week's girls soccer Top 20
          * Area dentists team up to give Iraq War veteran a reason to smile

          * Legislative Wrangling Over Data Security a...
          * Dold to replace Schock on Ways and Means C...
          * Dold gets prized seat on House Ways and Me...
          * Bustos leads bipartisan, bicameral plan to...
          * Pallone Honored for Efforts to Address Hea...
          * Letter: Referendum a step toward reclaimin...
          * New member of ways and means appointed; ta...
          * Bost is impressed by McKendree intern
          * Reps. Lipinski and Hultgren introduced sim...
          * Biden addresses male role in ending sexual...

          * Senators react to CNN report, call for inc......
          * Foes of Iran deal take aim in Senate...
          * For-Profit College Closure Could Cost Taxp......
          * Senators call for increased wages for workers...
          * Cuba beyond the embargo: Ag coalition work......

          * Sen. Kirk Pushes For Funds To Help Ground ......
          * Daily Kickoff: Rand to meet with Jewish le......

          * High rises’ high costs, part 2: Land-efficient, but not floorspace-efficient
          * Man buys $140 in Roses from subway vendor in touching video
          * Billionaire Sam Zell buys into Rauner's Turnaround agenda
          * Arn: Hillary's Coronation Will Be Ruined, Again
          * Ted Cruz: "There is a liberal fascism going after Christian believers"
          * The [Monday] Papers
          * I got a nice note from my colleague Curtis House. “You can’t represent sitting on your assets.”
          * Change the world.
          * Jim DeMint's Message on The March for Marriage
          * Illinois State Senator spent $50k from campaign coffers on non-campaign travel


          * Illinois EPA and Boy Scouts of America Partner for Annual 20-Mile Lincoln Trail Hike - Lincoln Pilgrimage honors Abraham Lincoln’s 20-mile trek; Scouts pick-up litter along the scenic trail
          * IDPH Moves to Eliminate Meningococcal Meningitis - New Vaccination Requirements for Adolescents
          * YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! kicks off statewide as preparations begin for new server training law
          * Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest - ‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest promotes awareness; 100 radios to be awarded
          * IDOT Launches Statewide Listening Tour to Discuss Illinois Infrastructure Needs, Priorities





              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller