Dillard, Radogno propose ethics reform

CHICAGO (AP) -- Republican state Sens. Christine Radogno and Kirk Dillard say state ethics rules should be changed so people know more about big-ticket gifts received by politicians.

Their proposal today comes amid criticism of Governor Rod Blagojevich for has been criticized for accepting $1,500 from a man whose wife had just gotten a job in the administration. The governor's office has said the money was a gift to one of Blagojevich's daughters.

Public officials are required to disclose the names of people who give them gifts in excess of 500 dollars.

Radogno and Dillard say ethics rules should require a description of the gift and its exact value.

Radogno, who is running for state treasurer, and Dillard appeared today at a Chicago news conference put on by Blagojevich's Republican opponent in November, Judy Baar Topinka.