In the News

Highlights (National)

Sack, Kevin & Mazzei, Patricia. “To Avoid Conflicts, Rick Scott Created a Blind Trust in Name Only.” New York Times, Oct. 17, 2018.

Montgomery, David. “To Reign in Cities, Texas Tries to Ban Their Lobbying.” Pew Stateline, Sept. 17, 2019.

Direct Quotes/Citation

"Learning and serving - P3E students report on research projects across Michigan." Ford School News, July 16, 2021.

Bishop, Greg. "Should IL AG Have More Power to Investigate Corruption?" Illinois Radio Network, Feb. 5, 2020.

Bishop, Greg. "More Talk About Conflicts of Interest." WBGZ Radio, Feb. 1, 2020.

Hancock, Peter. "Advocates urge stricter rules on conflicts of interest, financial disclosure." The Telegraph, Jan. 31, 2020.

Hancock, Peter. "Illinois ethics laws among the weakest in the nation." NewsTribune, Jan. 31, 2020.

Bishop, Greg. "Illinois lawmakers hear more about how to address conflicts of interest in state government." The Center Square, Jan. 31, 2020.

Dahl, Dave. "Commission says the problems are not confined to Springfield." WJBC, Jan. 31, 2020.

Miller, Rich. "Not as easy as it looks." Capitol Fax, Jan. 31, 2020.

Miletich, Mike. "Illinois ethics commission addresses conflicts of interest, closing the 'revolving door.'" WGEM, Jan. 30, 2020.

Cortellessa, Eric. "It's not just Trump. Governors are keeping their businesses while in office, too." The Washington Post. Jan. 17, 2020.

Santos, Melissa. “A WA lawmaker just quit to lobby for Amazon. Most states wouldn't allow that.” Crosscut, May 28, 2019.

Oosting, Jonathan. ”Outgoing state officials turn to lobbying under lax Michigan rules.” The Detroit News, Jan. 23, 2019.

Sack, Kevin & Mazzei, Patricia. “To Avoid Conflicts, Rick Scott Created a Blind Trust in Name Only.” New York Times, Oct. 17, 2018.

Wickline, Michael R. “Arkansas legislators report loans among peers.” Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sept. 23, 2018.

Will, Madeline. “In These Few States, Teachers Are Not Allowed to Serve in the State Legislature.” Education Week, August 10, 2018.

Kingery, Dalton. “KU 'Traffic Court' modernizes, offers chance to appeal tickets.” The University Daily Kansan, August 28, 2014.

Research Cited

Dillon, Marie C. and Wong, Joann. "The BGA's Ethics Agenda: Let's Get Serious About Ending Corruption in Illinois." Better Government Association, Sept. 8, 2020.

Jenkins, Austin. "In Washington, the revolving door between government service and lobbying is well-greased." Oregon Public Broadcasting, Sept. 2, 2020.

"Voters might decide emergency checks, balances." The Daily Item, July 17, 2020.

Frank, John. "Colorado lawmakers won’t be required to wear masks at Capitol when legislative session resumes." The Colorado Sun, May 19, 2020.

Barrett, Malachi. "Ballot language approved for proposal to 'change the culture' of lobbying in Michigan." MLive, Feb. 19, 2020.

Gormley, Michael. "Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: Top state, local elected officials should release tax returns." Newsday, Feb. 12, 2020.

Rushton, Bruce. "Lawmakers hear calls for ethics reform." Illinois Times, Feb. 6, 2020.

State Sen. Chenette, Justin. "Beyond the Headlines: Closing the lobbying revolving door." Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier, Jan. 3, 2020.

Berg, Austin. "FBI Wiretapped Cellphone of Close Madigan Confidant." Illinois Policy, Nov. 13, 2019.

Oosting, Jonathan. "Beyond term limits: 5 'good government' ideas eyed by Michigan reformers." Bridge, Oct. 28, 2019.

Berg, Austin. "Federal agents looking for Madigan documents in ComEd probe." Illinois Policy, Oct. 24, 2019.

"In NJ, holding two public jobs not better than one." North Jersey, Oct. 23, 2019.

Balcerzak, Ashley & Barchenger, Stacey. "NJ lawmakers cost you millions by holding a second public job. Who are they really working for?" North Jersey, Oct. 22, 2019.

Gray, Kathleen. "Former lawmakers are cashing in on Michigan's lucrative marijuana industry." Detroit Free Press, Oct. 18, 2019.

Egan, Paul. "Lights turn green for traffic signal company that hired MDOT director." Detroit Free Press, Oct. 14, 2019.

Montgomery, David. “To Reign in Cities, Texas Tries to Ban Their Lobbying.” Pew Stateline, Sept. 17, 2019.

Halter, Caroline. "Ethics Commission Passes 'Revolving Door' Rule Again." KGOU, Sept. 17, 2019.

Ward, Ken Jr. “Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor.” ProPublica, Aug. 21, 2019.

Gupta, Tivas. "Illinois one of 11 states that lets departing lawmakers immediately become lobbyists." Madison – St. Clair Record, Aug. 20, 2019.

Hageman, John. “Panel picks members of North Dakota ethics commission.” Grand Forks Herald, Aug. 8, 2019.

Schreiner, Bruce. "Andy Beshear proposes term limits and a lifetime lobbying ban for lawmakers." Louisville Courier Journal, July 30, 2019.

Hageman, John. "Legislator as landlord: Financial disclosures don't highlight state agency leases with North Dakota elected officials." Grand Forks Herald, June 30, 2019.

Scolforo, Mark. ”Pennsylvania Lawmakers Report $38K in Travel on Annual Ethics Disclosures.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 27, 2019.

Hageman, John. “’From nothing’: North Dakota officials prepare to appoint ethics commission.” Bismarck Tribune, May 17, 2019.

Brown, Trevor. “Donations to Lawmakers Keep Flowing Even As They Vote on Bills.” Oklahoma Watch, May 6, 2019.

Ramseth, Luke & Pender, Geoff. ”No limits: Other states ban gifts to lawmakers. Why doesn’t Mississippi?” Mississippi Clarion Ledger, April 10, 2019.

Withycombe, Claire & Wieber, Aubrey. “From state to local: how government puts lobbyists to work.” Salem Reporter, April 10, 2019.

Withycombe, Claire & Wieber, Aubrey. “Spending tax dollars for more tax dollars.” Mail Tribune, April 10, 2019.

Oxford, Andrew. ”Governor signs bill for ethics commission.” Santa Fe New Mexican, Mar. 28, 2019.

VanHulle, Lindsay. ”Michigan senator seeks to end ‘revolving door’ of lawmakers turned lobbyists.” Michigan Bridge, Feb. 18, 2019.

”Not so fast on transition from legislator to lobbyist.” The Seattle Times, Dec. 26, 2018.

“New Mexico voters approve constitutional amendment to form state ethics commission.” Las Cruces Sun News, Nov. 6, 2018.

Fishell, Darren. “As governor, Moody would keep hold of rapidly growing business interests.” Bangor Daily News, Oct. 15, 2018.

Katie Bernard, "Kansas bill would limit lobbying by former state officials," The Topeka Capital-Journal, January 29, 2018.