This statement is in response to allegations, reported late today in Capitol Fax, that staff of the Legislative Ethics Commission has withheld information about complaints against legislators while the critical post of Legislative Inspector General has been left vacant.

CHICAGO – November 1, 2017 – “I am disturbed by today’s reports that there have been 27 separate complaints filed with the Legislative Ethics Commission against members of the General Assembly – and that these complaints have been kept hidden and not investigated because of the failure to appoint a legislative inspector general for years.

“When misdeeds are ignored, our trust in government is destroyed. This is all too common in Illinois and it needs to stop now.

“We have the right to know when our public officials betray the public trust. I call upon the leaders of the General Assembly to take immediate action by naming an interim Legislative Inspector General who will swiftly and vigorously investigate these complaints.

“The people of Illinois deserve to know what’s going on underneath the Capitol dome. Sunshine is the best disinfectant – and it is clear from these latest allegations that Springfield needs an emergency dose.”