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Madigan investigation puts focus on 'toothless' ethics law

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks to lawmakers during a House committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield. Madigan's open invitation on July 19 to have his role in the Metra scandal scrutinized has turned attention once again to the effectiveness of the Illinois Legislatureís 1967 ethics law, deemed "toothless" by its own chief ethics investigator.

Associated Press/June 2013

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The eight-member Legislative Ethics Commission says it will investigate House Speaker Michael Madigan role in the Metra scandal. But it is working under a 1967 law that critics say is too vague on what constitutes a conflict of interest or other ethical violation, lacks sufficient penalties to enforce ethical behavior and in most cases prevents the commission from reporting its findings publicly.
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