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Is Blagojevich Making or Breaking Ethics Reform?

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Governor Rod Blagojevich was in Chicago yesterday to announce an effort to use his executive power to put into effect an ethics bill passed by lawmakers. The original bill bars state officials who award contracts from accepting campaign contributions from major contractors.

Blagojevich says he's expanding the ban so that people who do $50,000 or more worth business with the state are barred from making donations to “any” state elected official. He's also issued an amendatory veto that sends the bill back to lawmakers with additional changes to the ethics law.

Jay Stewart is the executive director of the Better Government Association. He says the original bill would have changed a fundamental flaw in state law.

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