Now we wll find out who the Democrats (and some Republicans) are that should be voted out of office when up for reelection.
Sen. LaHood Joins Fellow State Senators In Establishing ‘Common Sense Caucus’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2012
Contact: Rachel Bold (217) 557-8081
SPRINGFIELD – Understanding the need for a more responsible and accountable state government, State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) has joined with several Senate colleagues to form the “Common Sense Caucus.”
LaHood points to the immediate need for ethical and fiscal reform as two major areas of state policy the “Common Sense Caucus” hopes to address. Since taking office in March of 2011, Senator LaHood has sponsored or co-sponsored more than 15 pieces of legislation that would significantly reform state government. These bills would increase transparency, establish higher ethical standards for lobbyists and elected officials, and enact term limits on legislators and on House and Senate leadership.
“A 2012 study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found Illinois to be the third most corrupt state in the country,” said LaHood adding, “The study also named Chicago the number one most corrupt city in the nation. This prevalent culture of corruption in Illinois is something that the Common Sense Caucus is seeking to address.”
“In addition to needing to get serious about ethical reform in Illinois, we also need to get serious about fiscal reform. It is simply unacceptable that Illinois has an estimated bill backlog of over $9 billion. Our state is more heavily taxed than any of our neighbors with one of the highest state corporate tax rates and the fourth highest combination of national and local corporate taxation in the industrialized world,” said LaHood. “We need to stop trying to place the burden of state government’s spending problem on the backs of the taxpayers. It’s time to admit that Illinois has a major spending problem and get on track to recovery.”
LaHood and four other Senators are the first members of the caucus and according to LaHood they hope that it will become a bipartisan entity.
“The Common Sense Caucus is about getting our state back on track. It’s about making smart decisions to make Illinois a better place. It is my hope that any legislator who is interested in responsible, ethical, and accountable state government will join us,” said LaHood.
The Common Sense Caucus will be co-chaired by Senators Kyle McCarter (R-51st District) and Dan Duffy (R-26th District). Other members include Senators Sam McCann (R-49th District) and Chris Lauzen (R-25th District).