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001Bush007cRSPRINGFIELD – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a local government transparency and accountability proposal out of the Cities and Township Committee. State Senator Melinda Bush is the Senate co-sponsor of the measure, which enables county boards to adopt a code of conduct ordinance for county appointees.

In Lake County, there are 57 different appointed boards and commissions. They include the Metra Board, Pace Board, fire protection districts, zoning boards, mosquito abatement districts, drainage districts, merit commissions and more. Under Bush’s proposal, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Will and DuPage counties would all be able to create codes of conduct.

“We need to create a culture of accountability in appointed positions that includes real consequences,” Bush said.

The proposal allows counties to put in place a code of ethics for the County Board and its appointees. It also allows counties to put in place a process of removal of any appointee who violates the public trust through a violation of the code of ethics by a two-thirds majority vote.

Current law does not provide a means to remove appointed officials from office until the expiration of their terms.

To initiate the process, the county board or county executive would have to find that the appointed official violated the county’s code of conduct, and the county board would have to hold a hearing.

“There have been instances in the past where county boards had no means to remove unethical appointees,” Bush continued. “We are simply trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 3552, passed the House Cities and Townships Committee yesterday. It now moves to the full House for further action.

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