On December 9, 2003, the Governor of the State of Illinois signed into law a bill outlining the ethical requirements of all State employees.
The State Ethics Act or Public Act 93-617, implements procedures to increase ethics awareness, oversight, and enforcement. The Act also strengthens the previous gift ban provisions of State law by reducing the number of exceptions that were contained in the rules governing the acceptance of gifts by State employees. In addition, the Act introduces restrictions on activities such as:
Political Activities during work time.
Lobbyist activity and service on Boards and commissions.
Employment by outside "vendors" of ex-State employees who formerly were involved in procurement decisions regarding those vendors.
Finally, the Act strengthens protection for legitimate "whistle blowers."
As part of the Act, employees are expected to be informed about the Act and to, in general, receive information concerning ethics. The general outline, how Public Act 93-617 impacts Southern Illinois University and the policies that result are included in this document and should be read by all employees.
To report fraud waste, abuse or misconduct by State employees or those doing business with the State please contact your Ethics Officer (which you can find by clicking the Contact button on this page) or call the Office of Executive Inspector General at: 1-866-814-1113 or (800) 524-8794 (TTY)