The 44th District Senator says official misconduct, under current law, is defined as the following acts:
• Intentionally or recklessly fails to perform any mandatory duty as required by law; or
• Knowingly performs an act which he/she knows he/she is forbidden by law to perform; or
• With intent to obtain a personal advantage for himself/herself or another, he/she performs an act in excess of his/her lawful authority; or
• Solicits or knowingly accepts for the performance of any act a fee or reward which he/she knows is not authorized by law.
Current law provides that a violation of the Official Misconduct Act is a Class 3 felony and the person forfeits their office, position or employment.
Senator Brady says such legislation might have helped address situations like the scandal surrounding the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board (IHFPB). He testified May 5 at the Joint Committee on Ethics meeting, which centered on the IHFPB, and is sponsoring legislation that would terminate IHFPB officials and Board members.
While neither the officials nor the current Board members have been accused of wrongdoing, Senator Brady says they are associated with the scandals connected to ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich.
“In the months since Rod Blagojevich has been impeached and removed from office, state leaders have thrown open the doors and windows, and are taking a hard look at the way government works. A lot of housecleaning has been done already and more is needed,” Senator Brady said. “For that reason – and for the same reason that the Executive Director resigned from the Teachers Retirement System last month – we think it is necessary to remove the leaders and the members of the Health Facilities Planning Board. We need to distance ourselves from that era of corruption and controversy.”