SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) -
We first wrote about his false reporting of economic interests in April of this year - (read it here).
As it turns out, he filed an amended Statement of Economic Interest on August 1, 2018, and appears to have lied on the amended document also.
He did update a couple of items he left off his previous SEI, but again failed to report his employment as a Senator with the State of Illinois in item number 7.
Attorney General Candidate Kwame Raoul did not disclose his State Senate employment as required by law. He listed “None” for item #7. Yes, we know he was employed with the Senate as do most who stay connected to what goes on in Springfield, however that is not the test.
He signed his AG Candidate SEI just below this statement:
“I declare that this Statement of Economic Interests (including any accompanying schedules and statements) has been examined by me and to the best of my knowledge and belief is a true, correct and complete statement of my economic interests 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 $:1,000 or imprisonment in a penal institution other than the penitentiary not to exceed one year, or both fine and imprisonment.”
Are we assuming too much when we expect a candidate for Attorney General to be able to read and understand a simple form?
Article XIII Section 2 of our State Constitution states in part: “All candidates for or holders of state offices and all members of a Commission or Board created by this Constitution shall file a verified statement of their economic interests, as provided by law.
How would he ever prosecute other state officials for this violation of the law if he violated the same laws he would be charged with prosecuting?
Attorney General Lisa Madigan should charge him with perjury for both Counts of filing a false report.