Corruption is so common in Illinois that some voters have accepted it as inevitable. That is truly tragic. There are some simple changes we can implement which will have an immediate impact.

Companies doing business with the State of Illinois should meet the same disclosure requirements as candidates running for office. All company owners and top tier executives should be required to disclose any relationships they have with elected officials. This information should be accessible on the internet in the same way current candidate information is readily available.

We need simple and clear transparency in Illinois government. We should be able to see how every penny of our tax dollars is spent. Therefore, we should require each governmental body in the state to list all checks issued and post them on a website. This would allow interested citizens access to the information and it would cost very little. Banks currently provide this data and service to customers on a daily basis at no charge. This reform could happen tomorrow if the legislature had the desire to pass it.