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Full Text of SB0221  98th General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act is
5amended by changing Section 25-10 as follows:
6    (5 ILCS 430/25-10)
7    Sec. 25-10. Office of Legislative Inspector General.
8    (a) The independent Office of the Legislative Inspector
9General is created. The Office shall be under the direction and
10supervision of the Legislative Inspector General and shall be a
11fully independent office with its own appropriation.
12    (b) The Legislative Inspector General shall be appointed
13without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis
14of integrity and demonstrated ability. The Legislative Ethics
15Commission shall diligently search out qualified candidates
16for Legislative Inspector General and shall make
17recommendations to the General Assembly.
18    The Legislative Inspector General shall be appointed by a
19joint resolution of the Senate and the House of
20Representatives, which may specify the date on which the
21appointment takes effect. A joint resolution, or other document
22as may be specified by the Joint Rules of the General Assembly,
23appointing the Legislative Inspector General must be certified



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1by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the
2President of the Senate as having been adopted by the
3affirmative vote of three-fifths of the members elected to each
4house, respectively, and be filed with the Secretary of State.
5The appointment of the Legislative Inspector General takes
6effect on the day the appointment is completed by the General
7Assembly, unless the appointment specifies a later date on
8which it is to become effective.
9    The Legislative Inspector General shall have the following
11        (1) has not been convicted of any felony under the laws
12    of this State, another state, or the United States;
13        (2) has earned a baccalaureate degree from an
14    institution of higher education; and
15        (3) has 5 or more years of cumulative service (A) with
16    a federal, State, or local law enforcement agency, at least
17    2 years of which have been in a progressive investigatory
18    capacity; (B) as a federal, State, or local prosecutor; (C)
19    as a senior manager or executive of a federal, State, or
20    local agency; (D) as a member, an officer, or a State or
21    federal judge; or (E) representing any combination of (A)
22    through (D).
23    The Legislative Inspector General may not be a relative of
24a commissioner.
25    The term of the initial Legislative Inspector General shall
26commence upon qualification and shall run through June 30,



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2    After the initial term, the Legislative Inspector General
3shall serve for 5-year terms commencing on July 1 of the year
4of appointment and running through June 30 of the fifth
5following year. The Legislative Inspector General may be
6reappointed to one or more subsequent terms.
7    A vacancy occurring other than at the end of a term shall
8be filled in the same manner as an appointment only for the
9balance of the term of the Legislative Inspector General whose
10office is vacant. If the Office is vacant, or if a Legislative
11Inspector General resigns, the Commission shall designate an
12Acting Legislative Inspector General who shall serve until the
13vacancy is filled. The Commission shall file the designation in
14writing with the Secretary of State.
15    Terms shall run regardless of whether the position is
17    (c) The Legislative Inspector General shall have
18jurisdiction over the members of the General Assembly and all
19State employees whose ultimate jurisdictional authority is (i)
20a legislative leader, (ii) the Senate Operations Commission, or
21(iii) the Joint Committee on Legislative Support Services.
22    The jurisdiction of each Legislative Inspector General is
23to investigate allegations of fraud, waste, abuse,
24mismanagement, misconduct, nonfeasance, misfeasance,
25malfeasance, or violations of this Act or violations of other
26related laws and rules.



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1    (d) The compensation of the Legislative Inspector General
2shall be the greater of an amount (i) determined by the
3Commission or (ii) by joint resolution of the General Assembly
4passed by a majority of members elected in each chamber.
5Subject to Section 25-45 of this Act, the Legislative Inspector
6General has full authority to organize the Office of the
7Legislative Inspector General, including the employment and
8determination of the compensation of staff, such as deputies,
9assistants, and other employees, as appropriations permit.
10Employment of staff is subject to the approval of at least 3 of
11the 4 legislative leaders.
12    (e) No Legislative Inspector General or employee of the
13Office of the Legislative Inspector General may, during his or
14her term of appointment or employment:
15        (1) become a candidate for any elective office;
16        (2) hold any other elected or appointed public office
17    except for appointments on governmental advisory boards or
18    study commissions or as otherwise expressly authorized by
19    law;
20        (3) be actively involved in the affairs of any
21    political party or political organization; or
22        (4) actively participate in any campaign for any
23    elective office.
24    In this subsection an appointed public office means a
25position authorized by law that is filled by an appointing
26authority as provided by law and does not include employment by



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1hiring in the ordinary course of business.
2    (e-1) No Legislative Inspector General or employee of the
3Office of the Legislative Inspector General may, for one year
4after the termination of his or her appointment or employment:
5        (1) become a candidate for any elective office;
6        (2) hold any elected public office; or
7        (3) hold any appointed State, county, or local judicial
8    office.
9    (e-2) The requirements of item (3) of subsection (e-1) may
10be waived by the Legislative Ethics Commission.
11    (f) The Commission may remove the Legislative Inspector
12General only for cause. At the time of the removal, the
13Commission must report to the General Assembly the
14justification for the removal.
15(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03; 93-685, eff. 7-8-04.)
16    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
17becoming law.