The Sincerest Form of Flattery?
So I think that it's great that almost everybody is finally jumping on the ethics bandwagon. And maybe I'm being too proprietary, but it would be refreshing if they didn't all act like they invented the concept. Two days ago, you couldn't pick up a newspaper without reading about Judy Baar Topinka's 'ethics proposal. Funny thing is the proposal looks awfully similar to an initiative of Comptroller Dan Hynes that I introduced last year.
House Bill 4073 (Fritchey-Black) is the bill that would end pay to play in Illinois. The bill has the support of good government groups from around the state and has bipartisan support in both chambers. Not only should it be embraced by every candidate for Governor (and our current Governor), it should have been passed already. But that's a story for another day.
I have also recently filed legislation to impose improved revolving door restrictions on executive branch and legislative branch officers and employees. I think that the bill number is HB5765, but it's not on the system yet.
Anyway, the point of my venting is that it borders on being disingenuous for all of the candidates to talk about their 'great revelations' on how to fix the system. If they want to yell and scream that the pending bills should be passed, fine by me. But don't act like you reinvented the wheel.