A new report from Prof. Dick Simpson at the University of Illinois – Chicago puts Chicago at the top of the list of most corrupt cities in the United States. Since the 1970s, four Illinois governors and 31 members of Chicago’s City Council have been convicted; these are included in a total of 1,531 convictions for public corruption in the “federal district dominated by Chicago.”
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proposed a state constitutional amendment that would allow voters to enact ethics reform through popular initiative and referendum. Illinois voters, if the amendment is passed, would have the power to enact stronger ethics laws and recall public officials.
The City of Chicago Ethics Reform Task Force took public comments on February 15, which included a statement from Illinois Campaign for Political Reform executive director Brian Gladstein. The Task Force includes Cindi Canary, former ICPR executive director. A second and final public hearing will be held on March 12, 6:00-9:00pm at Truman College in Chicago.
Huffington Post: Chicago Most Corrupt City in America: Report
Chicago Tribune: Chicago area racks up most public corruption convictions in the US
State Journal-Register: Quinn proposes constitution change to allow ethics reform
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform: ICPR to Emanuel’s Ethics Reform Task Force: “Change the Course of Chicago Politics”
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform: Chicago Ethics Reform Task Force to Hold Hearings (hearing schedule and info here)