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November 27 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO JOINT COMMISSION ON ETHICS AND LOBBYING REFORM

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today appointed Diane Saltoun and Richard Cenar to the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform. The commission was recently created with the passage of House Joint Resolution 93.

“I have long been an advocate for ethical, transparent government and believe this commission will be an important tool used to ensure we live up to that standard,” Raoul said. “I am confident that Inspector General Saltoun and Chief Cenar will convey these values and be a strong asset to the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform.”

Diane Saltoun has served as the Executive Inspector General for the Office of the Attorney General for 15 years. Prior to her appointment as Inspector General, Saltoun spent 12 years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois.

Richard Cenar serves as the Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau and the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Enforcement Division at the Office of the Attorney General. Before joining the Attorney General’s office, Cenar was a career prosecutor, serving 30 years at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform is composed of 16 bipartisan members. Appointed members of the commission are responsible for:

  • Reviewing and making recommendations for changes to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, the Lobbyist Registration Act, the Public Officers Prohibited Activities Act, and Article 50 of the Illinois Procurement Code.
  • Reviewing best practices concerning governmental ethics.
  • Seeking input from experts and the general public concerning proposals to improve governmental ethics.

The commission will issue a final report and recommendations based on its review by March 31, 2020.

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