New legislation would end the questionable practice of lawmakers leaving office and immediately taking jobs as lobbyists. The "revolving door" ban would require lawmakers to wait two years before they could begin lobbying their former colleagues.
Illinois is currently one of only 14 states that doesn't stop lawmakers from immediately becoming lobbyists. The state's only real current safeguard on the practice is a requirement that lawmakers wait one year before taking jobs with firms with which they handled contracts over $25,000.
Senator Schimpf is a chief co-sponsor of the bipartisan legislation, SB2314. It would help ensure that legislators are working for the people they represent, and not just preparing themselves for a high-paying lobbying job later.
This legislation comes at a time that the Illinois Capitol is embroiled in an ethics crisis, with three sitting lawmakers charged with corruption in the last year, and several connected individuals and lobbyists also facing similar charges.