Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner doesn’t want state legislative leaders to hold outside jobs. So what do the Republican leaders think about that? Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) isn’t sold on that part of Rauner’s ethics reform proposal. “Personally, I don’t have outside employment,” Radogno said. “So, as a personal matter, it doesn’t bother me. I think we need to be careful to think about the implications of that.”
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Legislative leaders do earn more—Radogno’s 2013 salary was $90,930, while the base salary for the rest of the Illinois Senate was $67,836. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) does have an outside job, but is still open to discussing Rauner’s idea. “Everything’s on the table,” Durkin said. “I do have outside employment, but I’m gonna work with Bruce Rauner to make the state of Illinois better.” Durkin believes it’s worth consideration because of voters’ concerns about corruption in state government.