Governor Pat Quinn's administration is more ethically challenged than his predecessor, convicted felon and impeached governor Rod Blagojevich's was. At least that's what the number of filed complaints with the Quinn Administration shows, according to recent Illinois Executive Inspector General's (EIG) office records.
Latest records available on the Quinn Administration shows an average of 335.9 ethics reports per year were filed, almost ten percent higher than his predecessor.The EIG's office files indicate an annual average of 307.1 ethics complaints filed during the Blagojevich Administration.
The EIG's reports were recently scoured by the Illinois Republican Party Ethic Committee's immediate past Chairman and current member, Steve Daglas, who represents the 1st CD on the State Central Committee. Daglas found that not only were more reports filed during the Quinn years, Quinn's EIG office investigated fewer complaints, took twice as long to complete active investigations and had thus far accumulated an unprecedented backlog of open cases.
"Gov. Quinn opened Wednesday night’s debate by stating, 'We’ve enacted very strong ethical standards and we enforce those standards every day," Daglas said. "He later underscored this point, proclaiming in closing that, 'We’re much better off today when it comes to ethics in government than we were when I took office.'"
"I desperately want to believe this. After all, voters earn the right to honest, meaningful service from public representatives by virtue of their daily blood, sweat and tears," Daglas said. "Such truth forms the basis of American democracy."
Plus, if nothing else, it seems inconceivable that anyone following in Rod Blagojevich’s footsteps would actually perform worse on the issue of ethics in the Governor’s office, Daglas noted.
Daglas' report is available by download Download 2010QuinnAdEIGreport