The CloutCast is a Chicago-based podcast from The Daily Line about policy and politics in Chicago, Cook County and the state of Illinois.

Each episode, the Daily Line’s reporters will delve into a host of topics ranging from budgets and redistricting to criminal justice and housing. Guests will include policymakers, elected officials, lobbyists, organizers and reporters, who will share their insights and analysis.

New episodes are released every two weeks.

Ethics reform and the Illinois legislature

June 07, 2021

For months, Illinois’ top elected officials, including Gov. JB Pritzker, House Speaker Chris Welch and Senate President Don Harmon said ethics reform was one of lawmakers’ top priorities for this year’s legislative session. Little significant action was taken until May 31, the last scheduled day of session.

Despite the new proposal, good government groups and even the sponsors of the ethics reform package said more work is needed on the issue.

This week on the CloutCast, Joel Ebert interviews Alisa Kaplan, executive director of Reform for Illinois, about the latest new ethics bill, which now heads to the governor for action.

Listen below.