Ethics issues taking back seat in governor race

October 17, 2010

n the aftermath of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment almost two years ago, Democrats and Republicans promised an unbridled push for ethical reforms to try to restore voters' faith.

But with just about two weeks until the Nov. 2 election, the drumbeat for reform has become little more than a side note as candidates play off pocketbook concerns about unemployment and personal finances.

The governor hopefuls acknowledge that more needs to be done beyond watered-down campaign finance reform accomplished last year by a General Assembly that carefully guards the power of its leadership. In a contest where Democratic

Gov. Pat Quinn

and Republican state Sen. Bill Brady have bashed each other repeatedly, the two agree on one idea: term limits for statewide officeholders and legislators.

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