CHICAGO—State Senator Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) released the following statement in response to Senate Bill 539, a comprehensive plan that changes the code of ethics for Illinois public officials and governmental entities:

“The values and expectations of political morality are derived from the principles of Justice. This bill puts real teeth into our current lobbying practices while addressing consultant loopholes and enhancing transparency.

“While more work remains to be done to restore the faith Illinois citizens have in their government,” said State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. “They demanded real ethics reform like those included in this bill, changes like stopping the practice of legislators using their influence to lobby other governments and working to enact pro-rated salaries for legislators who leave office before the end of their term. Many of the changes included in this bill place Illinois on the path to restoring the faith citizens must have to make our democracy successful.

Our work continues…”

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