Lots of people are working from home. Some folks aren't working at all. Some people – thank you, grocery store checkers and public works crews and firefighters and nurses – are out there holding things together for the rest of us. The legislature canceled sessions more than two weeks ago. And this week, the deadline arrived for a report on ethics from the General Assembly's Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform, created last year in response to scandals that so far have seen two indictments of legislators and one guilty plea. The commission, which has been meeting since December, has held all the hearings and meetings it planned before pandemic broke. But the commission's report due on March 31 didn't arrive, and co-chairs of the commission in a written statement issued in lieu of a report say they don't know when they'll complete their assignment. "(D)ue to the ongoing crisis, more time will be necessary to complete our work," co-chairs Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, and Sen. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago, wrote. "We still hold the goal of completing our work and contemplating any potential legislation during the spring legislative session as long as the health and safety of those involved are not put at risk." That's weak, but not unexpected, sauce. Students are doing homework assignments, folks like us are still putting out newspapers. Even without smoke-filled back rooms, there's no reason why legislators shouldn't be able to produce a report. Get cracking.

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