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December 19, 2003

New mandatory ethics training for state employees rolled out this week

CHICAGO – Today the roll-out begins of the new web-based ethics training program for the 58,000 employees in offices and agencies under the Governor’s control.  Employees of Governor Rod Blagojevich’s office, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s office and Executive Inspector General Z. Scott’s office will test the new program between now and January 9.  Between January 22 and the end of May, the remaining employees will be trained.  Under the recently-signed ethics package, all state employees are required to undergo ethics training on an annual basis.
“To truly change the culture in state government, we need to ensure that everyone involved – from the elected officials down to the mail-room clerks – understands what the rules are and how they apply to our work as employees of the public,” said Blagojevich.
The 60-minute web-based program, developed by California-based LRN the Legal Knowledge Company, puts employees through several scenarios that test their responses to realistic workplace situations.  The training covers key provisions of the new ethics laws, including the gift ban act, political activities, fundraising, bribery, and official misconduct.
The training program is followed by a ten-question quiz.  Employees must get at least eight correct answers to pass.  Those who answer more than two questions incorrectly must retake the training and quiz.  


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