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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.  

Family connections in Rosemont net $2 million in pay

August 31, 2011
Daily Herald

By Jake Griffin
The Stephens name means a lot to residents of Rosemont.

It also costs a lot.
  
The 10 members of the Stephens family on the village's payroll received almost $1 million in compensation last year, according to village financial records. Additionally, five other elected officials and their 13 combined family members totaled another million dollars in pay in 2010. That means out of 679 village employees, these 28 members of six families were responsible for 10 percent of Rosemont's $20 million in personnel costs last year.