November 15, 2019 •
Illinois Lawmakers Adjourn Veto Session, Approve Lobbying Measures
Lawmakers concluded the fall veto session on November 14.
The legislature approved Senate Bill 1639 to require state lobbyists to disclose more information to the public.
Additionally, the bill creates a combined online database for information on lobbyists, campaign contributions, and public officials’ annual statements of economic interest.
An approved companion measure, House Joint Resolution 93, creates a 16-member commission to recommend additional changes to the ethics laws.
Among other changes, House Joint Resolution 93 would require state lobbyists to disclose any unit of local government that they lobby and any elected or appointed office they hold.
The proposal came on the final day of the veto session, which began in late October as then state Rep. Luis Arroyo was being charged in federal court in Chicago with bribing a state senator to support sweepstakes gambling legislation that would have benefited one of Arroyo’s City Hall lobbying clients.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who called for lawmakers to take up ethics legislation this week following the criminal charge against Arroyo, praised the measures as an important first step to increasing transparency.
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