Illinois Gov. Backs Away from Plan for Cop Misconduct Czar

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Conceding to other statewide officeholders, Illinois Gov. Blagojevich is prepared to back off his push for a high-level inspector general under his control to police misconduct throughout state government, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Word of the governor’s shift came as a key state senator weighed in with his own ethics proposal that took aim at a “shadow government” he suggested Blagojevich has installed.

The jockeying comes a month before the Legislature takes up a contentious ethics bill that was passed last May but rewritten by Blagojevich in August. Both the Senate and House must either approve the changes or pass a new bill.

The “super inspector general” post had been a point of contention between Blagojevich and other statewide officials. The officeholders took issue with ceding authority to an appointee of the governor to probe allegations that surface in their offices.

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