Senator Bill Brady is calling for tougher whistleblower standards for state government.

At a State Capitol press conference May 6, Brady said Senate Bill 2231 requires any public officer or public employee to report the suspected official misconduct of a state employee or a member of a board or commission to the appropriate State’s Attorney or to the Illinois State Police. The penalty for failure to report is a Class A misdemeanor, which is the same penalty as failure to report a bribe.

“State employees are our front-line defense in the fight to restore integrity to state government in Illinois,” Senator Brady said. “We are asking them to contact the appropriate authorities when they see illegal activity. And I want to make this clear – just reporting the violation to an ethics officer is not enough. It needs to be reported to the State’s Attorney or to the State Police.”

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