Ethics issues confound ethicists
Ethics police nab one of their own.
Illinois has a problem with its public officials misbehaving. That's why it has a state ethics commission to keep people in line and punish them if they get out of line.
So what does it say about Illinois when members of its ethics panel are cited for violations of the rules they enforce?
Unfortunately, it says it's business as usual.
A recently released commission report said that former panel member Stephen Thurston had been fined $2,500 for attending a political event in 2011, something that was forbidden to members of the ethics commission.
Thurston defended his conduct by telling investigators he didn't realize that, as an ethics commission member, he was barred from attending a political rally and endorsing a candidate who was running for the Chicago City Council.
Thurston was appointed to help oversee ethics issues by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is in prison on corruption-related charges.