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September 10, 2007

Madison, WI – Scandal has left Wisconsin's reputation for clean government in shambles, and the system won't get cleaned up unless citizens demand it, according to the League of Women Voters. The group is holding a summit this month to put ethics and election reform at the top of the state's agenda. Andrea Kaminski is the League's state director. She says Wisconsin has a lot of work to do to get back on the right track.

"In the wake of the biggest government ethics scandal in state history, which sent five former state officials to prison, Wisconsin citizens have named ethics and accountability a top concern that they have about government."

The "Making Democracy Work" summit takes place on Saturday, September 29 in Milwaukee, but this is the last week to register.

Kaminski says the State Capitol scandals were a wake-up call for many Wisconsin citizens, and since then, there has been some progress on ethics reform, with the creation of the government accountability board. She hopes the summit will build on that momentum.

"Now we have to figure out how to reclaim our reputation for good government in Wisconsin. Elected officials are increasingly sensitive to the calls for reform. When they hear them from many corners of the state, they'll pay more attention still."

Information about the upcoming summit is available on the League's Web site, LWVWI.org.

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WI