Governor Pat Quinn moves forward with ethics reform
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: Late last month Gov. Pat Quinn issued an amendatory veto on a proposed constitutional amendment, also known as House Joint Constitutional Amendment 31. The proposal was placed on the fall legislative agenda after the legislature failed to act before the end of the 2009 session. "I've said many a time that we need to have an ethics initiative in Illinois that allows the taxpayers, the voters, to step in whether it be at the statewide level or local level," said Gov. Quinn about the amendment. The proposal is scheduled to appear on the 2010 ballot for voters to make the final decision. However, some lawmakers are considering challenging the use of the governor's amendatory rewrite powers.