Grant on Ethics

Ethics reform has always been a top priority for Grant Wehrli. Every year his legislative agenda includes several bills that would put new measures in place to address political corruption. As the federal investigation into political wrongdoing continues in Illinois, Grant is working harder than ever to push much-needed ethics reforms.

For the current 101st General Assembly, here is a list of ethics reform bills where Grant Wehrli serves as a Chief Sponsor, a Chief Co-Sponsor, or a sponsor:

HB 332
Prohibits legislators from also working as a property tax appeals attorney
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 361
Strengthens penalties against those who violate ethics laws
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 3940
Changes the definition of “gambling device” to include sweepstakes machines
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 3947
Prohibits lobbying for compensation by a member of the GA, their spouse, or immediate family member who lives with them, creates Class 3 Felony offence for violations
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 3954
Increases the amount of information that must be included on statements of economic interest filed by legislators and candidates for the legislature
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 3955
Requires state agencies to keep records of requests regarding state agency contracts from a member of the GA and create a searchable web page
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 3963
Prohibits members of the State Board of Elections or their spouses from serving as an officer of a political committee or directing its actions or funds
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 4326
Prohibits a political committee from using funds for a criminal defense case
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 4327
Adds persons involved in the fiscal administration of State contracts to provisions concerning procurement and revolving door prohibitions
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 4421
Ends Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) for legislative and executive officers and appointees
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HB 4481
Prohibits a political committee from using funds for a criminal defense case in official capacity
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HR 588
Requires that any bill with 5 Republican and 5 Democrat sponsors be discharged from the Rules Committee and called for a vote in a committee
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HJR 87
Creates an Ethics Reform Task Force to address corruption within IL government
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

HJRCA 36
Requires that General Assembly vacancies be filled by a special election with the winner being a member of the same political party of the departing member
Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

Putting Pen to Paper: Grant Wehrli Authors Several Op Eds on the Issue of Ethics Reform

The following are opinion pieces written by Grant Wehrli in 2020 about the need for ethics reform.

New Year Brings New Opportunities for Ethics Reform

The Votes We Didn’t Take in May

The Indictments Keep Coming

It’s Time for a New Speaker of the House

Democrat-Controlled Joint Commission on Ethics & Lobbying Reform Fails to Deliver

As the ranking House Republican on the Joint Commission on Ethics & Lobbying Reform, Grant Wehrli attended all of the commission’s meetings until the group abruptly stopped meeting in early March. After the initial chaos associated with the state’s COVID-19 response, boards and commissions started meeting again either in person using social distancing rules, or online by Zoom or other digital platforms. But not the Joint Commission on Ethics & Lobbying Reform.

While indictments continued and the Speaker of the House became known as “Public Official A” in the federal investigation into corruption in IL politics, this important commission still did not reconvene.

On July 23, the four Republicans serving on the Joint Commission on Ethics & Lobbying Reform sent a letter to the Democratic co-chairs of the commission asking them to reconvene so work could be completed. No meeting was scheduled.

On August 24, the four Republicans held a press conference and demanded the group reconvene to finish their work and bring forward substantive legislative solutions to address ethics.

A link to the letter and a link to a list of 59 House Republican ethics bills (some authored by Wehrli) can be found in this op ed published by Daily Line in mid-August.

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