Gov. Pat Quinn says “we can do better” and suggests Illinois ban lawmakers from voting on matters when there is a conflict of interest. State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) doesn’t believe there should be conflicts that involve personal or financial gain, but doesn’t know what the governor has in mind, specifically. “The governor didn’t put forward any language in bill form, so it’s tough to know exactly what sort of conflicts he’s hoping to manage,” Frerichs said.
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Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) is also against conflict of interest voting. “I am always a proponent of more stringent ethics laws. I want to see the specifics of what Gov. Quinn puts forth,” Dillard said.
Though Dillard is not opposed to better ethics, he believes there might be more to what the governor said. “There were a couple of sentences in there that you gotta read between the lines. And maybe its insider baseball, but I thought might be directed to a couple of Democratic challengers to Gov. Quinn,” Dillard said.