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Illinois Inspector General calls for more legislative ethics laws

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The top ethics officer for the Illinois General Assembly is calling for stronger rules to govern lawmakers, including open records on when they recommend a constituent for admission to a university or for a job.

Inspector General Tom Homer sent a letter to legislators Friday asking them to adopt laws that would have state agencies track and publicly release lawmakers' recommendations.

The letter came a week after Homer ended an investigation into recommendations made by House Speaker Michael Madigan and two other House Democrats to the Metra Transit agency. He found no wrongdoing.

In addition, Homer repeated previous requests to make the inspector general's findings of wrongdoings by lawmakers public. They are normally kept secret.

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