May 28, 2009

What's Your Take On Reform?

Apparently many feel the proposed open records reform doesn’t cover a broad enough scope. If the usual loops remain to refuse an information request – well, what exactly is the point?

Recall is limited to the governor only – that’s big insult to voters who pay the salaries and it doesn’t address the issue of non-performing, unethical politicians on all levels.

On campaign contributions - we're still watching all the worms crawling from the Blago-Burris can aren't we? They're only two out of how many?

“Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), a lead negotiator on the issue, said he hoped to enact a transfer limit under $200,000 -- far more than the $30,000 limit recommended by the Quinn commission.

The current recall proposal would only allow for a governor to be booted. Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo), the sponsor, won House passage last year of a broader measure that applied to more officials but stalled in the Senate.

House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego said he preferred a version that would require fewer voter signatures to put a recall on the ballot, and wanted it to apply to all statewide officials and legislators.

A push for transparency has been at the center of many of the ethics proposals.”

To coin one of the current tired phrases of being on the same page how about starting a new phrase of everyone being in the same book?

Reform should be interpreted as sweeping change more than tweaking a few rules to appease the voters. In the world voters work in, if one isn’t doing the job according to company codes of ethics and conduct then one ends up on probation or is fired. It’s pretty simple.

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