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Editorial: Politicians' income, assets too easy to hide

December 23, 2013
Chicago Tribune

State and local elected officials in Illinois are required to disclose their outside sources of income each year, but they can get away with revealing very little. The Statement of Economic Interests form has just eight broadly worded questions.

Petition Filing and the Statement of Economic Interest

Candidates seeking nomination in the March primary began filing their petitions this morning. Along with the petitions, candidates also submit a host of other papers, including the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and the receipt for their Statement of Economic Interest, among other documents.

Donor bought Rolex watch for Virginia Gov. McDonnell, people familiar with gift say

June 25, 2013
Washington Post

By Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman

A prominent political donor purchased a Rolex watch for Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, according to two people with knowledge of the gift, and the governor did not disclose it in his annual financial filings.

Senate Supports Improvements to Statement of Economic Interest

A plan to rewrite the Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form candidates and top public officials must complete earned the strong backing of the Illinois Senate this week, winning support from 52 Senators and moving across the hallway to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Mayor Emanuel reports gifts from the rich and famous

May 3, 2013
Chicago Tribune

Mayor's disclosure statement lists accommodations, transportation provided by financial, entertainment execs

By Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune reporter

A stay at the house of a Hollywood entertainment mogul, transportation on the tabs of millionaire venture capitalists and, for the second straight year, sports tickets, meals and more from his close adviser Michael Sacks.

More questions about financing of McDonnell’s daughter’s wedding

April 9, 2013
Washington Post

By Rosalind S. Helderman

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has said his daughter and her husband paid for their own wedding. So a $15,000 check from a major campaign donor to pay for the food at the affair was a gift to the bride and groom and not to him, and therefore did not have to be publicly disclosed under the law, the governor says.

Romney adds Swiss bank income to disclosure form

February 3, 2012
Chicago Tribune
By Matea Gold
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amended his personal financial disclosure Friday evening to reflect income