Illinois GOP Governor Bruce Rauner is highlighting his fight to end corruption and politics-as-usual in a new op-ed out this morning in the Chicago Sun-Times. As Governor, Rauner has made it his mission to take on the corrupt status-quo led by longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan. In his first term, Rauner strengthened ethics rules in state government, increased transparency, closed loopholes that benefited lobbyists, and fired patronage hires wrongly given government jobs by previous governors.
Governor Bruce Rauner writes in the Chicago Sun-Times,
“In my first term, our team delivered meaningful, measurable reforms that have ended some of the corrupt state government practices holding Illinois back. We strengthened ethical requirements on all executive branch employees to change the culture within state government.
By requiring enhanced annual economic interest disclosures, we promoted transparency and accountability for employees of the executive branch. We closed the revolving door between public service and lobbying by banning anyone from lobbying the administration for one year after leaving the executive branch and stopped lobbyists and government contractors from unethically influencing state regulators by closing loopholes in bans on gifts and lobbyist-funded travel.
And we ended the illegal patronage hiring in state government made infamous under my predecessors Blagojevich and Pat Quinn.”