On June 8, State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) applauded Governor Rauner for signing his legislation, House Bill 138, which improves independence and transparency in the way legislative ethics complaints are handled in Illinois.
Connelly, Chief Co-sponsor of the bill and member of the Legislative Ethics Commission, says this is a major step forward to ensure those working in the Statehouse, and the public, that there is a process in place where members of the General Assembly cannot impede or affect the outcome of a complaint or case.
“No one should ever fear bringing forth evidence of harassment out of concern of personal or professional retaliation,” said Connelly. “This legislation moves us in the right direction, but we are not done. We still need more assurance that the investigative process is independent and transparent. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help change the unethical culture that has plagued the Capitol for far too long.”
Details of House Bill 138 can be found here.