55th District candidate calls for names of those listed in 27 inspector general complaints
House hopeful Marilyn Smolenski has called on Illinois legislators to release the names of state employees and officials accused of ethics complaints.
"The culture of corruption and abuse of power in Springfield is appalling,” the Republican vying against incumbent Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), said on her Facebook page. “There were 27 complaints in three years that went without investigation or action against the accused.”
The candidate seeking the seat for the 55th District, which includes parts of Park Ridge and Des Plaines, as well as sections of Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights and the northwest side of Chicago, said she has "called upon Springfield leaders and newly appointed Inspector General (Julie Porter) to release the names of the accused from these 27 complaints, while also maintaining the anonymity of those who submitted their reports."
“With the impending election, citizens deserve a right to know exactly who they are voting for,” Smolenski, owner of Nickel and Lace, a women’s concealed bodywear holster brand and board member of the Republican Women of Park Ridge, said. “The inspector general's office now has an interim inspector general and she must start off on the right foot by ensuring transparency and access to this information.”
She said incumbents’ behavior is both "unethical and unacceptable."
“It can only be changed by voting in new leadership and truly principled public servants," Smolenski said.