Illinois is without a Legislative Inspector General and some politicians are worried about not having an ethics watchdog for state lawmakers. Outgoing Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope had her final day on January 6th and State Senator Jill Tracy out of Quincy, who is with the Legislative Ethics Committee, says that without a Legislative Inspector, the Legislation is more vulnerable to government corruption.
Senator Tracy says they have tried to get this taken care of early, but it’s met resistance.
Senator Tracy says that a citizen advisory group picked someone but it was ignored.
Part of a new bill from Senator Tracy includes requiring LEC meetings to be open to the public and have the meetings publicly posted, no longer allowing elected officials to serve as members of the LEC, and providing the LIG with subpoena power to investigate ethics complaints against members of the General Assembly.