Tri States Public Radio Staff
Illinois Ethics Exam
Mon June 25, 2012
Professor Fined For Refusing to Take Test
A University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign math professor will have to pay a $500 fine for refusing to take an on-line ethics test that’s mandatory for all state and university employees.
In a settlement with the state’s ethics commission, Dr. Lou van den Dries agreed to complete the training in the future.
But he still called the training Orwellian and said subjecting state employees to ethics training “because of corruption among a few politicians” is an irritating waste of time.
The required annual ethics test was signed into law in 2003 by former Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was later found guilty on federal corruption charges. Blagojevich is now serving prison time.
Thanks to Illinois Public Radio