By: Diane Benjamin
Illinois Law requires every level of government adopt an Ethics Ordinance. Even though it has been brought to Bloomington’s attention, they do not have an ethic ordinance on their website. When asked who the Ethics Officer is – I believe we were told David Hales. I did find this on the City website: (click to enlarge)
That would be wonderful if Bloomington had an Ethics Ordinance. If they do – the “Search” function didn’t locate it.
This is a link to what Attorney General Lisa Madigan has pertaining to the Ethics Law: http://www.ag.state.il.us/government/ethics_ordinance.html
The website also has a sample Ethics Ordinance including this definition:
Since she is a State employee, it seems reasonable that her ethics training included the above statement about gifts.
The plane tickets to Japan were purchased on May 12th. The City deposited her check on June 2nd. https://blnnews.com/2017/08/09/its-still-illegal-tari/
That amounts to a three-week loan. The only question is: Did Margot know Tari was going to have the City pay for the tickets?
Do ethic matter in Bloomington?
Bruce Meeks issued the following statement last night:
I have confidence in the professionalism of the Illinois State Police in determining if laws have been violated. Since the use of public funds for personal expenses extends beyond the PCard purchases, I also have confidence the State Police will investigate wherever warranted.