Public gets online option for reporting corruption

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Thursday, August 3, 2006

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Illinois residents are getting a new tool for fighting government corruption: www.ReportItNow.net.

The Web site was created by Secretary of State Jesse White for people to report any problems in his office. White says accusations about other parts of government will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

Anonymous complaints are allowed, although White says it's best if people give their names so that investigators can follow up and ask more questions. The reports will be kept confidential. Only the office's inspector general will see the accusation.

White took over the secretary of state's office from George Ryan, who was later convicted on multiple government corruption charges. White said the Web site is his latest effort to reinforce that government corruption is unacceptable and should be reported.

"We want the public to know that there is zero tolerance for corruption or unethical behavior in the secretary of state's office," he said.

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