Ethics Package May Eliminate Many State Legislators' Perks House Republicans Push Clean Government Plan

By Rob Thomas Of the Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), April 13, 1995 | Go to article overview

Ethics Package May Eliminate Many State Legislators' Perks House Republicans Push Clean Government Plan


Rob Thomas Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Overtime pay, paid speaking engagements, scholarships for your constituents - these are some of the little perks that come with a seat in the state Legislature.

But they would all be gone under an ethics package being pushed by the Illinois House leadership.

Eager to present themselves as advocates of honest politics, Republicans, led by House Speaker Lee Daniels, R-Elmhurst, intend to present the package in committee next week.

"We have to get across the message that we favor clean government," said Daniels spokesman Mike Cys.

Tracy Litsey, executive director of the government watchdog group Common Cause/Illinois, applauded the GOP package as a significant first step towards ethics reform.

"If the House wants to move forward on the ethics package, we think it's fantastic," Litsey said. "We're anxious to be involved in the process and give it our support."

The bill would abolish the Legislature's 90-year-old tradition of allowing legislators to award two four-year scholarships to their constituents. That provision could severely hurt its chances of passing the Senate, where a similar ban on scholarships was soundly defeated 33-19 last month.

Legislators don't have to disclose who they give their scholarships to, and most don't tell. Many lawmakers split the money into eight one-year scholarships, benefiting over 1900 Illinois students this year at a cost of about $4.2 million.

Critics argue that politicians can use those scholarships to gain political leverage with constituents, using them to either reward supporters or seek favors. A federal grand jury is reportedly investigating how five current or former legislators used the scholarships. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Ethics Package May Eliminate Many State Legislators' Perks House Republicans Push Clean Government Plan
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.