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Governor Quinn's State of State Address Includes Ethics Proposal

By The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn wants lawmakers to recuse themselves from taking a vote or other official action if there's a conflict of interest.  Quinn included the proposal in his State of the State speech on Wednesday after discussing improvements made against corruption under his tenure. Both of Quinn's predecessors went to prison on corruption convictions.  

Quinn says citizens should be able to trust their elected officials.  He says dozens of states have banned conflict of interest voting. The governor says Illinois should join them.  The proposal would also prevent lawmakers from representing a person or corporation where there's a financial or personal conflict of interest.

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