Friday, August 04, 2006

Report It Now (dot net)

Jim Burns, one of the Inspectors General at the Secretary of State’s office, has launched a website to accept complaints about unethical activities in state government. Burns, a former US Attorney for Northern Illinois, can now accept complaints through the webpage. The homepage is here and the on-line complaint form is here:

While Burns works in the Secretary of State’s office, state law allows him to accept complaints about activities under any of the statewides for referral to the appropriate IG or to the Ethics Commission.

The Governor’s Inspector General, James Wright, also maintains a, webpage but their procedure is for complainants to download a form, fill it out and fax it back. To my knowledge, the other IGs don't have webpages.

While we’re at it, the Executive Ethics Commission itself is also on-line. The Ethics Commission is the only place to get summaries of all five executive branch Inspector General quarterly reports, which to date are the only reports available to the public about the work of the Inspectors General. These can be downloaded here.

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