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Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Ill. A federa...
FILE - In this May 25, 2016 file photo, Illinois Rep. Michael J. Zalewski, D-Riverside, speaks at the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. A fe...

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Ill. A federa...

FILE - In this May 25, 2016 file photo, Illinois Rep. Michael J. Zalewski, D-Riverside, speaks at the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. A fe...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers be allowed to lobby other units of government.

Illinois like most states allows legislators to lobby outside state government.

Former Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES' uh-ROY'-yoh) was charged last month with attempting to bribe a senator to support his so-called sweepstakes gambling legislation at the same time Arroyo was representing a sweepstakes company before the Chicago City Council.

Other current lawmakers are registered to lobby in Chicago, too. They represent law firm clients or businesses seeking licenses.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker promises to seek stronger ethics laws, including a possible ban on outside lobbying.

House Republicans have already produced a package that includes such a ban.


Updated : 2021-04-19 05:55 GMT+08:00