Sen. Plummer claims GOP leader offered committee seat in exchange for silence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Senator Jason Plummer is saying publicly that Minority Leader Bill Brady, his former 2010 gubernatorial running mate, offered him a seat on the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform in exchange for dropping his criticism of Brady’s side business working to promote video gaming terminals in bars.

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Plummer told WCIA Monday night that Brady said multiple times that he would not appoint Plummer if he followed through on filing that legislation that he had worked on, or if he spoke publicly about it.

Plummer, an Edwardsville Republican, claims Brady’s aides quizzed him about legislation he had drafted that would outlaw elected officials from earning income to operate or promote video gaming terminals. Plummer filed the legislation — Senate Bill 2318 — Monday and asked Brady to remove him from the commission the same day. Brady, however, denies ever speaking with Plummer about video gaming.

The downstate lawmaker said he very much wanted to serve on the commission. Plummer said in a press release Tuesday that, “Illinoisans know right and wrong. Their lawmakers should know right and wrong, too. In a perfect world, politicians wouldn’t use their positions to profiteer, but Illinois, as we all know, is not a perfect world.”

He adds that significant ethics reform is badly needed in Springfield and he looks forward to working with legislators from across the state and across the political spectrum to address these violations of the public trust and restore confidence in our state government.