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Illinois House GOP call for ethics reform, legislative redistricting in 2020

GOP ethics reform

SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- Illinois House Republicans presented their 2020 legislative agenda Tuesday. Their main areas of focus are property tax relief, legislative redistricting and ethics reform.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says "these are interesting times" as Democrats have worked with Republicans on a balanced budget and pro-business laws. He says work on property taxes and fair maps should continue with bipartisan efforts.

Durkin hopes Democrats will agree to act quickly on ethical legislation to end the "culture of corruption" in Springfield.

"He can do it by changing the way we draw the legislative districts," Durkin said. "That is how you are going to stop this culture that has devastated the state. We're seeing it play out right now."

Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) says Democrats should work with their colleagues across the aisle to hold themselves accountable.

"Let's move these pieces of legislation - revolving door prohibition, no lobbyist legislators, and expanding the statement of economic interest to the level of judges," Wehrli said. "These are things that we all agree upon, bipartisan support. Let's get them done."

Durkin says he has talked with Gov. JB Pritzker twice since returning from the legislative break. He says the governor should address economic reforms during his State of the State speech Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Miletich

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