Illinois Lawmakers Approve Truth in Hiring Act

May 3, 2018

The Illinois House and Senate passed a measure Thursday that would require the governor to disclose his total office staff ... and pay them all from his own payroll.

It started as an initiative called the "Truth in Hiring Act" ... which came from Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat up for re-election.

Using the term "off-shoring," those in support of the bill say it's been done by both Democratic and Republican governors for years.

State Senator Jil Tracy, a Republican from Quincy, says the practice has some benefits. She uses early childhood development as an example.
 
"It operates primarily on federal funds. The office of governor runs on general revenue funds so it cannot receive these federal funds. So an intergovernmental agency agreement is then used so that another state agency can act as the fiscal agent and receive the funds and pay the governor's office staff for their services."
 
Still - the measure to end the practice passed the House unanimously, with only 7 "no" votes in the Senate.