Monday, September 22, 2008

Finally

Part of me can't believe it finally happened, part of me can't believe it took this long. But barring something completely unforeseen, HB824, the pay-to-play ban, will take effect on January 1, 2009.

Only in Illinois does it take a Presidential nominee getting involved in order to pass a common sense ethics law. But it's a good day for good government and a good day for Illinois.

In any event, there are a lot of people that deserve a lot of credit for their work on this issue over the last 3+ years. Dan Hynes, Cindi Canary, Don Harmon, editorial boards around the state, and countless disgruntled Illinois taxpayers who said 'enough'. Without all of them, and many others, today would not have happened.

And while I have a couple of ideas, I don't have the energy right now to go into my thoughts on what the Governor will likely do next. But I can't help but think that, regardless of what his next steps may be, that he would have been a lot better off just signing this bill in the first place.


6 Comments:

At September 23, 2008 at 8:56 AM, Anonymous Bookworm said...

Way to go! If it hadn't been for your perseverance and that of many others, this much-needed bill would never have become law. Thanks!

 
At September 23, 2008 at 9:19 AM, Anonymous lake county democrat said...

No matter what anyone else (including me) says, no one can argue the state government is a little cleaner today and that you are among the first to be credited. Congratulations!

 
At September 23, 2008 at 9:33 AM, Blogger Rep. John Fritchey said...

Thank you both, I appreciate it.

 
At September 23, 2008 at 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though you are very generous in giving credit to others, Rep. Fritchey, your continued leadership on ethics reform is to be commended. We're lucky to have you in Illinois!

 
At September 24, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Blogger Rep. John Fritchey said...

Anon 7:28,

Have the courage to put your name on your post in a verifiable manner and I'd be more than happy to respond to it. No guts, no response. Especially to a nonsensical post like that one.

 
At September 25, 2008 at 7:34 PM, Anonymous colorado beverage tour said...

Congratulations on a job well done. I hope people understand that this should be the end of the beginning for such reforms, not the end itself. Unfortunately we have a long way to go. I look forward to your continued leadership on this matter.

 

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