SPRINGFIELD – Ethics reforms are in discussion among Illinois House members, including a “Revolving Door” prohibition for legislators.
The ban would would prevent lawmakers from taking a job as a lobbyist after leaving office. Some legislators have suggested a six-month ban, but Reform for Illinois Executive Director Alisa Kaplan said two years “would be better.”
Additionally, lawmakers said a goal is to reduce issues, such as the deals made in ComEd bribery scandal that implicated former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
However, some like State Rep. Katie Stuart of Edwardsville disagree, saying lawmakers should be able to work on issues “they are passionate about” after leaving office.
Several proposals are currently pending.