All eyes will be on Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker at the start of the new session to see if the Democratic leader has any intention of making good on his pledge to bring fair electoral mapmaking to the state.
Even as three Democratic state lawmakers have recently announced retirements amid a swirl of allegations, Republican House Floor Leader Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) worries that it will have only a minimal impact in the fight against political corruption.
Illinois state Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) plans to hit the ground running following his recent appointment to a newly created commission looking for ways to curb political corruption in Springfield.
Illinois Republican House Floor Leader Mark Batinick is not entirely surprised at the results of a new Harvard University Center for Ethics survey that finds the Prairie State now ranks as the second most corrupt state in the country with Chicago rating as the most corrupt city.
Even as he voted in favor of Democrat-sponsored legislation touted as bringing ethics reform to Springfield in the midst of a number of federal corruption probes, Illinois state Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) blasted the depth and sincerity of the bills as “legislative malpractice.”