Ethics Commission Targets Ill. Legislature

A reform commission appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn says cleaning up Illinois government requires major changes in the operations of the General Assembly.

The commission called Tuesday for term limits on legislative leaders, such as House speaker and Senate president. They say the current system allows too much concentration of power in the hands of a few.

The panel also wants the state Open Meetings law to apply to the Legislature. That means lawmakers would no longer be allowed to hold meetings closed to the public.

The reform commission also says lawmakers should no longer be in charge of drawing new legislative districts every 10 years.

The commission will present its report to Quinn later in the day. It has already called for campaign donation limits and other changes.

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