Just one week after guilty verdicts were handed down in federal court, Illinois House Republicans continued their criticism of the lack of ethics reform in Springfield. The pushes were even louder after former Democratic State Senator Tom Cullerton, who was arrested on embezzlement charges and spent a year in jail, is now part of a lobby firm. House Republican Assistant Minority Leader State Representative Ryan Spain addressed some of those concerns.
Former Democratic Governor Pat Quinn also called for addressing conflicts of interest. House Republican Floor Leader Patrick Windhorst pushed as well saying that it was time for change.
Representative Amy Elik says that Republicans have brought many measures forward that have been ignored including former Speaker Mike Madigan collecting a taxpayer-paid pension until a guilty verdict is reached.
Representative Blaine Wilhour says that public policy is why people are leaving the state of Illinois.
Wilhour has pushed more than a half-dozen bills on ethics reform in his time in the House.