From State Senator Dan McConchie:
McConchie, republican legislators take aim at conflict of interest for Illinois State Board of Elections
File legislation prohibiting board members from funding PACs
Springfield, IL… As allegations of government corruption continue to plague the Statehouse, State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) led a group of Republican legislators during a press conference at the Capitol on November 13 to announce new legislation that aims to ensure members of the Illinois State Board of Elections aren’t funding political action committees.
“Under current state law, a person can serve as a member of the Illinois State Board of Elections while at the same time run a political action committee that benefits candidates.
“Not only is this allowed, it’s currently happening,” said Sen. McConchie.
“Common sense would dictate that no member of the State Board of Elections should be allowed to fund a campaign while simultaneously presiding over and judging legal matters regarding that campaign.
“It’s an inherent conflict of interest and yet another loophole in state law that enables government corruption—something that is all too familiar in Illinois.”
On Nov. 12, Sen. McConchie filed Senate Bill 2300, which would prohibit a member of the State Board of Elections from also contributing to or being an officer of a state or federal political committee.
The bill also lays out the process by which members of the State Board of Elections must resign from political committees:
- A member of the State Board of Elections serving as an officer of a political committee must resign from that committee within 30 days of his/her appointment confirmation in the Senate.
- Any current State Board of Elections member has 30 days from the effective date to resign as an officer from any political committee.
Senate Bill 2300 comes on the heels of several other ethics reform measures Republican legislators are urging the General Assembly to consider in an effort to clean up Springfield.