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Madigan appoints Greg Harris, Kelly Burke to ethics and lobbying reform commission

Monday, Nov 25, 2019

* Timing is everything…

House Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement Monday:

“Continuing House Democrats’ commitment to comprehensive reform of the laws governing the behavior of elected officials, state employees, and lobbyists, I have appointed Majority Leader Greg Harris and Assistant Majority Leader Kelly Burke to serve on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform. Leader Harris and Leader Burke are widely recognized for their ability to work across the aisle to build consensus for significant legislative reforms. As the representatives of the House Democratic Caucus, they will help bring all stakeholders together, lead a thorough review and discussion of existing ethics and lobbying laws, and prepare recommendations for additional reforms by the end of March.”

The following can be attributed to Majority Leader Greg Harris:

“Serious reforms to state ethics and lobbying laws will require a thorough and bipartisan discussion on where our current laws are working and where they fall short. I appreciate Speaker Madigan’s commitment to bringing key stakeholders to the table for a public conversation on how we can continue to restore confidence in our state government.”

The following can be attributed to Assistant Majority Leader Kelly Burke:

“The task of addressing corruption and strengthening lobbying laws is not a Democratic or Republican issue; it must be a bipartisan effort. The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform will allow for a comprehensive and cooperative conversation on an issue of tremendous importance to our state. I look forward to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle and the appointees of our constitutional officers to prepare a strong set of bipartisan reforms.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

3 Comments
  1. - Amalia - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 11:06 am:

    and for the party?


  2. - Sayitaintso - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 11:10 am:

    Certain politicians, over many years, engaged in; conspired with; or at the very least, were aware of the longstanding corruption in Cook County. Now, caught, start talking like “It’s high time we got rid of the rascals”. As Honeybear would say, ‘Perfidy” - and never was that word so true and accurate. Not by cynicism, but more by being a longtime observer, once the “Elliot Ness” farce fades, we will be back to square one. Royko had it laid out decades ago, and here we are yet again.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 2:14 pm:

    Leader Brady announced his appointments, one being Sen. Plummer.

    Does that mean Sen. Plummer is staying in the state Senate?


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