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Governor Quinn’s Job One: Ethics Summit December 15, 2008

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Off in a bit to begin traveling from Evanston to the State Capitol as we try and sort through the wreckage caused the state’s narcissistic chief executive.

In the meantime, while a combination of varied efforts to remove Rod Blagojevich from the Governor’s office intensifies by the hour, it’s not too early to begin laying out the immediate challenges that will be before Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn once he eventually assumes office as the state’s chief executive.

Setting aside resolution of the now infamous vacant U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President-elect Barack Obama, the first thing the new Governor should do is immediately  invite Cindy Canary’s Crew, a.k.a. the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, the Better Government Association, the Civic Federation, the League of Women Voters of Illinois and every other good government group to join with lawmakers from both parties at a “Governor’s Summit on Ethics Reform” to lay out a punch list of reform measures that ought to be part of a larger strategy of reclaiming Illinois government. Convene the “Governor’s Summit on Ethics Reform” at the Governor’s Mansion, too, so that taxpayers will see further symbolism in restoring government back to the people.

Action items ought to include:

  • Campaign finance reform;
  • Greater  accountability and transparency for public pension and investment transactions;
  • Further strengthening of the state’s procurement code governing the purchase of goods and services;
  • Specific procedures for removal of a corrupt constitutional officeholders; and 
  • How to use the Web and technology as a tool for enabling more sunshine in state government.

What else should be added to this menu for reform?