Senate President applauds approval of legislative ethics reforms

jjc 053118SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate overwhelmingly supported an overhaul of the state legislative ethics process, clearing the way for more independence and accountability from the Legislative Ethics Commission.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton voted for the changes championed by Senator Melinda Bush, a Grayslake Democrat.

“I applaud Senator Bush for her dedication to this issue. Harassment and intimidation have no place in any workplace. It is my hope that these changes are an important step forward in our ongoing efforts to restore trust in the ethics process at the Capitol and throughout state government,” Cullerton said after the vote. “I was honored to join my colleagues in supporting it.”

The proposal, HB138, was approved 54-0. It now goes to the Illinois House.

Under the reform plan, the legislative inspector general can investigate allegations or complaints of sexual harassment without having to first get approval from the Legislative Ethics Commission.

Other provisions include:

-- A four-person search committee comprised of former judges or prosecutors would begin a search for a full-time inspector general.

-- The inspector general would be allowed to share information with a victim and others involved in a complaint.

-- The inspector general would file quarterly reports breaking down the types of complaints received by type, such as sexual harassment, gift ban violations, etc. 

Sen. President Cullerton

6th Senate District
President of the Senate

Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - 2020 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive.

Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.

Associated Representatives:
Sara Feigenholtz
Ann M. Williams