State Rep. Patrick Windhorst has been appointed to serve on the recently created Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform, according to a news release from Windhorst's office.
The appointment comes on the heels of Windhorst’s legislative sponsorship of legislation aimed at strengthening Illinois’ lax ethics laws.
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“The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform was created during the Veto Session via passage of HJR 93, which I supported,” Windhorst, R-Metropolis, said in the release. “I take this responsibility very seriously. The State of Illinois is in the middle of an ethics crisis, multiple legislators and their associates are under federal investigation or indictment, and a cloud of corruption hangs over the Statehouse. The time to act to reform our ethics laws is now.”
The release states Windhorst is co-sponsoring legislation that would ban legislators from serving as lobbyists to municipal governments, institute a two-year revolving door ban on legislators serving as lobbyists, and tighter regulations on statements of economic interest and lobbyist activity disclosures.
— The Southern