State Workers Fail Ethics Test

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Thousands of Illinois state employees flunked an ethics exam because the governor's inspector general determined they didn't spend enough time reviewing the computerized test.

The Springfield State Journal-Register reported today that some workers spent less than ten minutes on the annual training even though it has 80 pages.

Inspector General James Wright's office says it typically takes more than a half-hour to complete. But no one told employees they had to spend a minimum time on it.

More than five thousand were told they have to take it again and if they fail could face discipline. The union representing 70 percent of state workers says employees are being punished for knowing ethics laws and completing the review quickly.