Last fall, Philip Goodwin, O’Fallon City Clerk and I, attended the first ever Government Ethics for Public Officials course at Southwestern Illinois College. The course was developed by the office of State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and SWIC as a way to improve integrity and service in local government. The course covered the Open Meetings Act, ethical conflicts, financial audits, the Gift Ban Act, Whistle blower Act, the Illinois Election Code, statements of economic interest and criminal consequences for violations of the public trust. The class included over 40 public officials, Democratic and Republican, from all across St. Clair County and was very informative.
The good news is this program was so well-received it will be offered again at SWIC during their summer semester. As elected officials in Illinois we believe it is important to be the most effective and ethical public servants we can be. We encourage our fellow public officials to participate and learn everything they can.
Public officials can contact SWIC’s Community Education office or the State’s Attorney’s Office for more information.
Joe Hazel, Alderman Ward 1, Belleville