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A Conflict of Interest, But It’s Legal in Illinois

January 6, 2012
Chicago News Cooperative

by FREDRIC N. TULSKY and JOHN SULLIVAN | Jan 6, 2012

In most states and municipalities, government officials who vote to spend taxpayer dollars on proposals that also put money in their own pockets as lobbyists could be accused of illegal conflicts of interest. Not in Illinois.

Thanks to state and local ethics laws riddled with loopholes, it was legal for Jack Dorgan, a village trustee in Rosemont, to vote last year to award a lucrative contract to a client of his Springfield lobbying firm.

Conflicts of interest? It's legal in Illinois

January 5, 2012
WBEZ

Lawmakers who lobby walk minefield of conflicts

Fredric Tulsky and John Sullivan  

In most states and municipalities government officials who vote to spend taxpayer dollars on proposals that also put money in their own pockets as lobbyists could be accused of illegal conflicts of interest. Not in Illinois.  

When Office Holders Also Represent Clients, Collisions Are Likely

January 5, 2012
Chicago News Cooperative

By JOHN SULLIVAN and FREDRIC N. TULSKY

 
 
Elected officials who lobby face conflicts of interest when matters coming before them as office holders also affect their paying clients.

In Cook County, the list of elected officials who have also lobbied includes three county commissioners, two Chicago aldermen, the Cook County Democratic Party chairman and even John J. Cullerton, the state senate president since 2009.

Those numbers alarm outside ethics experts.

Lobbyist Registration and Regulation

Lobbyist Registration and Regulation

Illinois' Bill of Rights ensures "the people have the right
... to make known their opinions to their representatives."
Of the 12.5 million people who live in Illinois, a small army of
over 2,800 make their living presenting opinions to the people's
representatives. That's more than 15 lobbyists for every member
of the Illinois General Assembly.