Wednesday, May 29, 2013

More Conflicts in the News

Sometimes it feels like these stories surface in packs. Here's the latest, coming out of Illinois: "House gambling sponsor recuses self because of potential conflict" --
  • "The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie wrote to the House clerk that he is now affiliated with a law firm that has a client with an "interest that could be impacted by" gambling legislation that has passed the Senate and is pending in the House."
  • "In the letter, Lang wrote that 'it was recently brought to my attention that there may be a perceived conflict of interest.' Lang, too, said he does no legal work for the client and insisted there have been no ethics violations 'of any kind.'"
  • "Lang said he is 'distancing myself from public perception that there may be something untoward because there isn't.' Lang also said he is weighing whether to vote on the legislation if it comes before the House. Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, is the new sponsor."

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