Click on each year to review Roger Eddy’s official, “Statement of Economic Interest” 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Please pay special attention to questions, 6 and 7. Then read Kirk Allen’s guest Commentary- he makes a compelling case.
By Kirk Allen
What better way to generate revenue in a broke state than by enforcing the laws on the books against the very people creating those laws!
Did you know a fine up to $1,000.00 can be placed on an elected official who fails to provide a correct and complete statement of economic interest as is required by the Illinois Government Ethics act? What about a State Representative breaking this very law?
SO, who are we talking about? Our own 109th State Representative Roger Eddy!
For the last 6 years Roger Eddy has marked “NONE” on item number 6 and number 7 of the required Economic Interest Statements. How convenient to lie on that document when in fact he is employed by a public body outside his State Representative position and does in fact earn over the outlined minimum on the required statement.
Why do we say he lied? Because he did disclose it in 2004 so clearly he knew of the obligation. Why did he not disclose it since 2006-2011? We don’t have a clue. We just know that the law maker appears to now be a law breaker and should be held accountable under the very laws established by his kind.
“I declare that this statement of economic Interest has been examined by me and to the best of my knowledge and belief is a true, correct and complete statement of my economic interest as required by the Illinois Governmental ethics Act. I understand that the penalty for willfully filing a false or incomplete statement shall be a fine not to exceed $1000, or imprisonment in a penal institution other than the penitentiary not to exceed one year, or both fine and imprisonment.”
So if this required statement is filled out by an elected State Representative and he willfully filed a false or incomplete statement there SHALL BE a fine not to exceed $1000 imposed! We won’t worry about the jail time right now!
Step 1. Willfully filed – We would consider this case to be willful considering he did it properly in 2004, partially in 2005, yet every year there after he failed to report a very interesting fact, which was he was in fact employed by another Illinois Government body.
Step 2. Incomplete Statement – We would consider his actions to meet this standard as well because he failed to disclose the required information for the past 6 years, thus making it clearly incomplete.
Most laws would indicate if you violate them 6 times then that could be 6 separate fines or charges. So if this particular state rep failed to file true and complete statements for the last 6 years isn’t it safe to say he SHALL BE fined up to $1,000.00 each time? That would generate $6,000.00 for the state, and this is only one Representative we have looked into!
Ok, the law does say “up to” $1000 fine. Why implement the maximum? Simple! The fact the person breaking the law is a law maker why not set an example and hold him to the highest standard in the land! They make the law; they should face the maximum penalty when they break the law!
Don’t take our word for it, even though every filing is attached since 2004. Search yourself! http://www.ilsos.gov/economicinterest/Search