SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Sheila
Simon says requiring politicians and other elected officials to disclose more
information about their financial interests would help restore Illinois
residents' faith in government.
Simon and Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski will introduce legislation
Thursday to overhaul the state's 40-year-old financial disclosure system.
Thousands of elected officials, candidates and government employees are
required to fill out specific forms each year. But critics say the forms are
meaningless because the questions are too narrow and most people answer
"none" to everything.
That includes former Dixon
comptroller Rita Crundwell, who recently pleaded guilty to embezzling more than
$50 million from the small town to fund her horse-breeding operation.
Simon's office says that if the newly proposed forms were in use,
Crundwell would have been required to disclose her assets.