Editors Note: This bill originated in the State Senate on 2-14-14 and was filed with the Secretary by Sen. Julie A. Morrison. It wasn’t until 4-2-14 that Rep. Sam Yingling became the Chief House Sponsor which is a bit different than what the following press release might lead you to believe.
HAINESVILLE, Ill. – In an effort to help create a more efficient and transparent county government system, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Hainesville, passed out of committee legislation that would create a code of conduct for county appointees and allow an appointee to be removed from office if they have been found to have violated the code of conduct.
“This is a great example of creating more transparency on the local level and encouraging a more efficient county government,” Yingling said. “I’m happy to sponsor this bill and that it passed through committee with bipartisan support. This bill will give county government the tools needed to make sure the peoples’ work is being done in the best way possible and with stringent ethical standards for our county appointees.”
Senate Bill 3552 allows a county to adopt a code of conduct by ordinance. The code may apply to all appointees to any unit of local government, agency or commission for which the county board chair, county executive or county board is the appointing authority. The legislation is an initiative of Lake County which makes about 360 appointments to 57 different entities. Under current law, unless the appointee is convicted of a crime, there is no clear way to remove an appointee. Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor testified on Thursday in support of the bill.
“I’m glad to see both parties coming together to pass this commonsense piece of good government legislation,” Yingling said. “When our local units of government make appointments on the taxpayers’ behalf, it is important that those individuals be held responsible for their actions and ethics. I was pleased to see this bill pass through the Senate with large bipartisan support and I am urging my colleagues in the House to support this bill and send it to the Governor for his signature.”
Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Third Lake, Wauconda and Wildwood. For more information, please contact Yingling’s full-time constituent service office at 847-231-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.