Manar and McCann Propose Bill to Change Ethics in Springfield


Springfield - From former governors serving prison time to political hires in state agencies, voters have had plenty of concerns about Illinois politics.

It's a concern that members of the Illinois Senate also share, and Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Sam McCann (R-Jacksonville) have a plan to change things around in Springfield.

They're proposing legislation that would prevent executive branch-appointed state department leaders from paying for campaign ads in elections.

"We should always find ways, especially in a bi-partisan way, to come up with ways to raise those standards.  That's what we should always seek to do," said Manar.
"If you're working for the people of Illinois at that level, that it requires the governor's appointment and confirmation by the senate, you need to be doing your job.  You shouldn't be an electioneer," added McCann.

Senator's Manar and McCann both say that other states have these rules, as well as the federal government.  They say the time is now for Illinois to step into that same realm.

"This is just something that makes a whole lot of sense that's been in place for years on the federal level, and that most states have in place today," said Manar.

McCann added that, "it's never too late to do the right thing.  It's something that should have been done a long time ago."

The General Assembly will return to the Capitol next month.

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