Enhancing investigative authority key to targeting corruption

Illinois has some of the strongest ethics laws on the books, but many are rendered toothless because the appropriate state and local authorities can’t adequately investigate and enforce them.

As part of the anti-corruption legislative package sponsored and supported by our Senate Republican Caucus, several components aim to enhance the ability to investigate and prosecute crimes, including:

• Allowing the Attorney General to use a statewide grand jury to investigate, indict and prosecute corruption.

• Changing State RICO law to give wiretap authority to state’s attorneys to investigate crimes of public corruption.

• Giving the Legislative Inspector General the ability to investigate and issue subpoenas without prior consent of the Legislative Ethics Commission.

• Changing the composition of the LEC to make all members of the general public and not sitting legislators.

Ahead of veto session, Senate Republicans are asking Democrat legislative leaders to take action on these measures.

If you agree, sign my petition calling on anti-corruption reform below.