Remedies for violations of ethics reporting, 5 ILCS 420

   (5 ILCS 420/4A-107) (from Ch. 127, par. 604A-107)
    Sec. 4A-107. Any person required to file a statement of economic interests under this Article who willfully files a false or incomplete statement shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    Except when the fees and penalties for late filing have been waived under Section 4A-105, failure to file a statement within the time prescribed shall result in ineligibility for, or forfeiture of, office or position of employment, as the case may be; provided, however, that if the notice of failure to file a statement of economic interests provided in Section 4A-105 of this Act is not given by the Secretary of State or the county clerk, as the case may be, no forfeiture shall result if a statement is filed within 30 days of actual notice of the failure to file. The Secretary of State shall provide the Attorney General with the names of persons who failed to file a statement. The county clerk shall provide the State's Attorney of the county of the entity for which the filing of statement of economic interest is required with the name of persons who failed to file a statement.
    The Attorney General, with respect to offices or positions described in items (a) through (f) and items (j), (l), (n), and (p) of Section 4A-101 of this Act, or the State's Attorney of the county of the entity for which the filing of statements of economic interests is required, with respect to offices or positions described in items (g) through (i), item (k), and item (o) of Section 4A-101 of this Act, shall bring an action in quo warranto against any person who has failed to file by either May 31 or June 30 of any given year and for whom the fees and penalties for late filing have not been waived under Section 4A-105.
(Source: P.A. 96-6, eff. 4-3-09; 96-550, eff. 8-17-09; 96-1000, eff.

So, the first step in all of this is to send a demand to the Secretary of State to provide the Attorney General with a list of the names of persons who failed to file a statement.  Atty Lanre Amu should do this on Monday, he is under an Order to Show Cause  why his name should not be removed from the rolls of attorneys for the ND Illinois court system.

The process will be started on Monday, however YOU can also send your demand that the ARDC file statements of economic interest by calling, faxing, mailing or emailing the Secretary of State.

Jesse White
800-252-8980 (toll free in Illinois)
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62756
217-785-3000 (outside Illinois)

There is no time like the present for accountability and transparency at the IARDC.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.  If YOU want honest ethical attorneys and an open and honest court system, it is up to YOU to demand it.

I will publish Mr. Jesse White’s fax and email tomorrow so we can get this process going.

Also, please write or call the IARDC and ask them 1) do their ethics reporting going back for all years in office; 2) publish the salary of every attorney employee and supervisor; 3) explain how employees are chosen and the process; 4) make all supervisors sign an agreement they have adhered to the Shakman decision (if you don’t know what this is, please Google it).

If we work together, we can have an open, honest, ethical and transparent ARDC and we can thereby improve our court system.

But it starts with YOU. I can’t do this alone, nor can Ken, but we ARE licensed attys, we specialize in researching laws, rules and regulations and deciphering them for YOU the public.

Have a wonderful Sunday and remember the time has changed by and hour.  Remember it’s spring forward and fall back.  Today we are falling back!

JoAnne

 

 

7-2-10; 97-754, eff. 7-6-12.)

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