How Far Will Illinois Reforms Go?

This Times editorial endorses up-or-down public votes on all of the ethics proposals being considered in Illinois.

Even with one former governor in prison and another impeached and under indictment, Illinois’s statehouse bosses are hemming and hawing at a new, blue-ribbon prescription for fighting corruption. The package of reform proposals, issued by a well-attuned civic commission, would rein in the pay-to-play culture garishly epitomized in then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s wiretapped attempts to, it is charged, peddle Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat and more to the highest bidders.

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