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|Ethics Task Force Almost Fully Appointed
|A task force that's charged with recommending the next set of campaign finance reform initiatives has more than half if its members. The four legislative leaders have named seven of their allotted eight members, while Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to name anyone for his three spots.
The appointees are:
* Dawn Clark Netsch, a Northwestern University law professor, former state lawmaker, and board member of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
* State Sen. Don Harmon ( D-Oak Park ).
* State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago).
* Michael J. Kasper, an election law expert who served as special outside prosecutor in the Senate impeachment trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
* Jo Ellen Johnson, Senate Republican staff legal counsel and caucus ethics officer.
* Todd Maisch, vice president, government affairs for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
* John Noak.
Gov. Pat Quinn has so far appointed no one to the three spots that he must fill.
David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, says the latest campaign cash reports prove why this group must look at limiting political party money, since the caucus leaders have more money than the two major party candidates for governor. Such a recommendation did not make it through the legislative process in the latest round of ethics reform.
A report isn't due for 18 months, but that makes sense, Morrison says, because members will have to see how new ethics laws play out in the upcoming election cycle.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|07 23 10 by Newsroom
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