Quinn Bans Self-Promotion on State-Funded Billboards

By WEEK Reporter

Quinn Bans Self-Promotion on State-Funded Billboards

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 12:58 PM CDT

New legislation signed by Governor Quinn Thursday now makes it against the law for state officials to use their name or likeness on billboards funded by taxpayer money.

Senate Bill 1344 expands on language of a current law in that prohibits elected officials from using their name or likeness in television, radio, newspaper, and magazine advertisements as well as other promotional material when taxpayer dollars are involved.

"Government belongs to the people," said Quinn.  "When state government gets the word out about a program or service that will help people, it should not be an excuse for officials to promote themselves."

The bill easily passed through the General Assembly with bi-partisian support.

"This is a common sense measure that's long overdue," said Representative Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst).    "Taxpayers deserve to have their hard-earned money treated more responsibly by their representatives who are elected to serve the people, not their own personal interests."

Nybo, along with State Senator Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) served as the bill's sponsors.

Senate Bill 1344 will go into effect immediately.

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