The Illinois House voted Monday to restructure the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, responding to a scandal in which board members allegedly tried used the panel for financial gain.
House members voted 85-0 to prohibit people from serving on the construction-review board if they or family members have a financial interest in or a business relationship with a healthcare facility.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich will sign the legislation if it also passes the Senate, governor's spokeswoman Cheryle Jackson said.
Blagojevich last Wednesday suspended all activities of the board, which reviews and approves construction of hospitals and other healthcare units.
That move and the bill, sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) were prompted by recent news reports that a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed under seal claims Chicago businessmen used ties to the board to try to secure business from a suburban hospital.
Jackson confirmed Thursday that the U.S. attorney in Chicago is investigating and that some or all of the board's members have been subpoenaed.