The Act was passed four years ago. How's it going now? A new survey conducted by the Executive Ethics Commission finds many bumps in the road. Among the findings:
- Over 87% identify one or more elements in their workplace that indicate an unhealthy ethical climate.
- Only 35.5% perceive no problem of retaliation against those who bring complaints.
- Over 45% believe that senior officials are held to different ethical standards than other employees.
The Commission has made copies of the report available, and soon we'll get it posted on ICPR's homepage. Bernie Schoenberg has the story, and the report, in today's SJ-R.
The 2003 Act was a giant leap for Illinois, the most significant move by the state in years. But if it isn't updated, modified, tweaked, and refreshed, it won't do what it created to do. The Commission supports SB 157 as one necessary tweak, creating more transparency, and we agree. But there's a lot more work to be done to ensure that government is an ethical place to work.