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News in brief: House accepts Pritzker’s amendatory veto of ethics bill; Jesse Sullivan enters GOP race for governor


Friday, September 10, 2021  |  Article  |  Joel Ebert

The House on Thursday accepted Gov. JB Pritzker’s amendatory veto of the ethics bill. And businessman Jesse Sullivan entered the race to be the GOP nominee for governor. 


HOUSE APPROVES ETHICS BILLS — The House on Thursday successfully accepted Pritzker’s amendatory veto of the omnibus ethics bill, removing the last hurdle for the measure to become law. The House’s latest action came mere days after the legislation failed to gain enough support when the amendatory veto was first considered on Aug. 31. At the time, Republicans pulled their support for the ethics bill, despite previously voting for it, saying the legislation did not go far enough. The GOP opposition, plus absences from Democratic lawmakers, led to the bill’s temporary setback. On Thursday, only two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Pawnee) and Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), spoke in opposition of accepting Pritzker’s veto. After a brief debate, the chamber accepted Pritzker’s change to the bill, which he said was necessary to make a technical correction, with a 74-41 vote. The Senate unanimously accepted the governor’s veto on Aug. 31. (Joel Ebert) 


SULLIVAN LAUNCHES GOP BID — Sullivan, a venture capitalist, on Thursday launched a bid for governor, making him the latest Republican candidate looking to unseat Pritzker. A Petersburg native who is making his first run for elected office, Sullivan released a three-minute announcement video Thursday in which he said Illinois is known for high taxes, corruption and crime. Touting his faith, family and support for the Second Amendment, Sullivan is hoping to position himself as an outsider in a field of Republicans that includes former Sen. Paul Schimpf, Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) and businessman Gary Rabine. Ahead of Sullivan’s announcement, he filed a campaign finance report that indicated he received $10.7 million from six donors, all living outside Illinois, since Sept. 3. (Ebert)