The Illinois Senate is approving tighter rules for disclosure of public officials economic interests. Park Ridge Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski's plan passed 52-1 on Thursday. It's an initiative of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. The plan moves to the House.
It would require tens of thousands of public servants who file economic-interest statements annually to list outside sources of income, relationships with lobbyists and loans made or accepted on terms not available to the general public. Current forms have been derisively called "none sheets" during their four-decade history because broadly worded questions allow officials to answer "none" to virtually every question.
The Illinois Constitution and state law require the statements from elected officials, high-ranking government employees and political candidates.
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