Ethics in Illinois.

After all the fallout with Rod Blagojevich, it’s probably a good thing that the state of Illinois has an Ethics Commission.  It’s also a good thing for those of us who appreciate irony like, say, a former commissioner for the Ethics Committee getting popped for violating ethics laws.

A former member of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission has been fined $2,500 for violating the state ethics law.

A commission report released Tuesday said Stephen Thurston attended a March 2011 prayer breakfast and campaign fundraiser for a Chicago City Council candidate.

State law prohibits commissioners from contributing to political campaigns or even attending a political event related to a specific office.

Oh, Illinois.  You so cray.

I suspect that Thurston was an effective commissioner for the Ethics Committee just like the pope is exactly the man you want hunting down child rapists.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • whelve

    “. . . it’s probably a good thing that the state of Illinois has an Ethics Commission. ” I got that far before laughing so loudly I scared the cats off the couch. As a resident of Illinois in the Greater Chicagoland Area there is one given, your politicians are corrupt unethical slime. It makes voting in even local elections is a depressing long look at who is least corrupt lesser evil. For city comptroller. I’m not even sure Illinois politicians understand the concept of ethics.

  • machintelligence

    An ethical politician: one who, once bought, stays bought.

    • John Horstman

      Alternately, an ethical politician: one who is unemployed.


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