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Investigator wants tougher legislative ethics laws

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:40 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — 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 Friday that was sent to legislators. It asks them to adopt laws requiring state agencies to keep track of and make public lawmakers' 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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