Monday, April 13, 2009

How Illinois can cure itself

The Illinois Reform Commission is assembling a thoughtful, detailed plan to strike at the pervasive culture of pay-to-play politics in Illinois. Contracting, lobbying, campaigning, patronage—former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins and his commission have put them all under scrutiny.

But too often the Illinois legislature buries these kinds of ideas in committee.

That's why we support Gov. Pat Quinn's call that the Illinois House and Senate vote on every single proposal the Reform Commission puts out.

No excuses. Put every lawmaker on record on every proposal.

Something's happening that politicians can't ignore. Community, church, labor and business leaders—as well as average citizens and voters—are demanding an end to Illinois' seedy political culture. So let's see where the state's political leaders stand, starting with the Reform Commission's proposals.

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