The Latest: Senate leader suggests joint ethics-law review


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois state legislator charged with bribery (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is suggesting a joint House-Senate review of state ethics laws following allegations of bribery against a House member.

The Chicago Democrat said Tuesday the two chambers should consider repeating their combined review of ethics and campaign finance laws following the 2009 impeachment and expulsion of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday he would appoint a committee to review ethics laws after Rep. Luis Arroyo was accused in a federal complaint of trying to bribe a state senator to support legalization of gambling machines. Arroyo is registered to lobby the Chicago City Council on the same issue.

Arroyo faces expulsion from the House after Madigan started the process Tuesday to investigate Arroyo. He named three House Democrats. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin later tabbed GOP Reps. Margo McDermed of Mokena, Grant Wehrli (WUR’-lee) of Naperville and Dan Ugaste of Geneva.


3:15 p.m.

House Republicans have introduced legislation to curb ethics abuses by lawmakers just a day after a Democratic colleague was accused of bribery.

Deputy Republican Leader Tom Demmer of Dixon told reporters Tuesday that the GOP’s measures would prohibit sitting lawmakers from working as paid lobbyists in other levels of government and would require everyone in Illinois who functions as a lobbyist to register with state regulators.

Democratic Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES’ uh-ROY’-oh) was accused in federal court Monday of attempting to bribe a state senator to support legislation to allow slot-like “sweepstakes” games in Illinois. Arroyo is registered with the Chicago City Council as a lobbyist pushing the same issue.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said yesterday he would form a committee to study what changes need to be made to address the alleged Arroyo issues.


3:15 p.m.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has started the process by which lawmakers will consider removing Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES’ uh-ROY’-yoh) from office.

Madigan also formed a committee to investigate Arroyo. A House rule allows wide latitude to discipline or remove a member.

Arroyo is a Chicago Democrat who was named in a federal complaint accusing him of trying to bribe a state senator to support legislation allowing sweepstakes games. No one answered at his attorney’s office Tuesday.

Madigan tabbed Hoffman Estates Rep. Fred Crespo, Rep. Justin Slaughter of Chicago and Rep. Barbara Hernandez of Aurora as Democratic investigative committee members. The committee will meet Friday and has a second meeting scheduled for Nov. 8.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has yet to name members three GOP committee members.

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