Rep. Bailey Statement on Rep. Arroyo Resignation: Step in Right Direction; Applauds Speaker Madigan’s Help

State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), made the following statement concerning the resignation of State Representative Luis Arroyo this morning:

“A few moments ago, I learned of State Representative Luis Arroyo’s resignation from the Illinois House. I commend my colleagues and leadership for taking the steps necessary to facilitate this decision by Rep. Arroyo. Though this is another sad day for the General Assembly and for Illinois, Arroyo’s resignation in the face of these serious charges underscores the critical need for ethics reform!

I was impressed that Speaker Madigan also called for his resignation. This shows that the need for ethics reform is not a partisan issue but an institutional need to preserve the integrity of the General Assembly and restore public trust.

I will continue to do my part in this reform effort by sponsoring legislation to shut the ‘revolving door’ of legislators leaving and becoming lobbyists the next day. My bill would mirror the 2-year minimum waiting period on the Executive branch before a former senator or representative could be paid to lobby in Illinois.

Also, I am co-sponsoring legislation that would ban lawmakers from performing paid lobbying work with local government units while in office. Currently, members of the Illinois General Assembly are prohibited from lobbying the State of Illinois, but are not prohibited from lobbying local units of government such as counties or municipalities.”