On the first day of the 2020 legislative session, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) joined House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Deputy Leaders Tom Demmer and Dan Brady to outline the House Republican Caucus’ legislative goals for the year.
At a Capitol press conference held after adjournment on Tuesday, the Republican lawmakers said ethics reform, property tax relief and the need for fair maps will highlight the House Republican agenda for 2020. Wehrli, who serves on the bipartisan ethics reform task force, said meaningful, substantive change is needed to address widespread corruption in state government. “The ethics task force is a good working group and for now I remain optimistic that we will bring forward some solid legislative solutions,” said Wehrli. “But during the veto session House Republicans filed sweeping ethics reform measures that would directly address the issues that came to light as a result of federal investigations. These are common-sense measures that already have bipartisan support. We should act on them now.”
Wehrli pointed to legislation that would prohibit lawmakers from also serving as paid lobbyists, expanding statements of economic interests to provide greater detail about where legislators receive outside compensation, and putting a cooling-off period in place between when a lawmaker leaves office and when they can become a paid lobbyist, as easy reforms that could have an immediate impact.
“We must take steps to restore Illinoisans’ faith in their government,” added Wehrli. “We need to get serious about ethics reform and hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
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