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Former Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike accused of violating ethics law by accepting C.E.O position at state-involved medical nonprofit just one month after stepping down

Former Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike is under fire for potentially violating a provision of the Illinois Ethics Act known as the “revolving door law” that prohibits state officials from engaging in job negotiations with companies their departments hold contracts with, license, or regulate. Ezike, who stepped down from her director position in March of 2020, accepted an offer just one month later to become President and C.E.O. of Sinai Health System, one of the state’s most involved medical nonprofits. Ezike’s attorneys claim that only informational interviews with Sinai took place, not true negotiations. RFI ED Alisa Kaplan said in response that “this ‘negotiation’ versus ‘informational interview’ business is the kind of squirrely loophole that makes people distrust government.”

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