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Rep. Parkhurst pushes to create State Ethics Task Force to fight corruption

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By Glenn Minnis | Oct 19, 2019

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Illinois state Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) marked Global Ethics Day by introducing legislation to create a State Ethics Task Force in Springfield.

“We have a duty to regain the public trust in our government when that trust has been eroded,” Parkhurst, who was joined by several of colleagues drafting the proposal, said in a press release.  “We’ve seen the headlines of the FBI’s recent activity, including raiding the homes of legislators, lobbyists and offices within the State Capitol. The cost of corruption is too high to ignore.”

Parkhurst pointed to such recent developments as a state senator being indicted on embezzlement charges and several ongoing federal investigations of sitting lawmakers as examples of how stronger standards and guidelines are needed in Springfield.

Illinois state Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee)

“The State Ethics Task Force will identify areas of concern, study best practices implemented by states and the federal government and propose legislation early next year to ensure Illinois has among the toughest ethics laws in the nation,” Parkhurst said.

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