The Illinois General Assembly's top ethics officer is again recommending stronger rules to govern lawmakers, including open records about when they recommend a constituent for a job or university admission. Inspector General Tom Homer released a letter today that was sent to legislators. It asks them to adopt laws requiring state agencies to keep track of and make public lawmaker recommendations. It comes just a week after Homer closed the book without finding wrongdoing in recommendations made by House Speaker Michael Madigan or two other House Democrats to the Chicago-area Metra Transit agency. Homer also repeated calls for making public the inspector general's findings of wrongdoing by lawmakers, which generally remain secret. A spokesman for Madigan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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