State Senator Wants To Place Ethics Reforms In Citizens’ Hands

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A measure under consideration in Springfield would place ethics reforms in the hands of citizens.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Jim Anderson reports, Illinois State Sen. Annazette Collins (D-Chicago) is sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would allow citizens to institute binding referenda for ethics and campaign finance reforms at the state and local level.

“The people should always have the last word. With this legislation as it relates to ethics, the people can organize and participate, and are sure that their voices will be heard loud and clear,” Collins said.

Gov. Pat Quinn has been pushing some form of the same measure for decades to no avail, but he is not deterred.

“This is a journey,” Quinn said. “We’re climbing a mountain. We’re on the foothills, and we’re going to keep climbing until we get to the mountaintop.”

To put the measure before voters in November, lawmakers would have to approve it by May 6.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Jim Anderson reports

  • Dave

    Every decision that is made should be in the hands of the taxpayers. It’s time the people get to vote on decisions that affect them. What would be wrong with decisions coinsiding with what the people want, rather than what some stupid Democrat politician wants?

    • Dennis

      I agree 200% since it is our tax $$$ to start with & we are paying the bill.
      The interesting thing is that it will not happen in the state of Illinois, if for no other reason than the corruption.
      It will however see how far it gets & find out who is for or against.
      Something to follow.

  • Afro

    I just wonder what it is that they have totally F’d up this time and want to play it next year as if it were the peoples doings. I don’t trust this Government for anything I think it all should be dismantled and a complete restructure. Start with Governor Emanuel then his puzzy puppet Quinn.

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