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020414 js 0450rSPRINGFIELD - In her ongoing quest to promote good government, State Senator Melinda Bush is co-sponsoring a proposal that 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.

“We need to make both state and local government more accountable,” Bush said. “I work hard to ensure that happens in Springfield, and I am equally committed to ensuring it happens in our community.”

The proposal allows county boards to remove appointed officials who violate the public trust by a 2/3rds 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 recourse to remove unethical appointees,” Bush continued. “We are simply trying to ensure that such an instance doesn’t happen again.”   The legislation, Senate Bill 3552, passed the Senate Local Government Committee yesterday. It now moves to the full Senate.

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