Ethics Violations

A southern Illinois lawmaker is weighing in on the controversy surrounding a Chicago area legislator.

A complaint unsealed Monday in federal court accuses Chicago Democratic State Representative Luis Arroyo of offering a $2,500 monthly payment to a sitting state senator for the senator's support on sweepstakes-related legislation.

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The Illinois General Assembly has finally chosen someone to investigate ethics complaints against state legislators and staff. The position had been vacant for nearly three years.

In the midst of campaign season ... a pair of Illinois lawmakers are proposing a new ethics law.

The bipartisan legislation would forbid state agency directors from being in campaign ads and brochures.
Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, has no opposition in the general election. But first he had to win a bruising primary.

McCann says constituents complained when the state director of agriculture -  Raymond Poe - appeared in campaign material endorsing his opponent.

An ethics lawsuit may factor into next year's U.S. Senate race.