A political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago says while Rod Blagojevich’s 14 year sentence was appropriate, it won’t do much to deter future corruption. UIC’s Dick Simpson worked on a report that outlined ways to improve ethics in government and says only a few ideas have been implemented so far. He’d like to see more come to fruition.
Simpson says kids need to be taught about illinois’ long history of corruption, large number of convicted officials, and what happens when the public loses trust in its governors, police, and other officials. The report also called for tougher campaign finance and lobbying laws, and longer sentences for corruption.