Rauner says executive order will strengthen ethics rules

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order he says will strengthen state ethics rules and make state workers “more accountable to taxpayers.”

The Republican says the order signed Friday includes changes made in collaboration with Illinois’ Office of the Executive Inspector General.

The order allows state agencies to conduct internal investigations of possible ethics violations while the state inspector general is investigating. Prior to Friday, agency investigations had to be put on hold once a case was referred to the inspector general.

Rauner says the change will ensure investigations are completed and violations addressed more quickly.

The order also requires Central Management Services, the state’s personnel office, to adopt a code of personal conduct for employees. That code must be filed with the Executive Ethics Commission within 100 days.