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The Board of Ethics announced a further delay in the implementation of Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, previously set for January 1, 2021. Implementation is set for April 1, 2021, due to the continuing work by the city and many non-profit organizations […]

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Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

In a recent vote, Chicago City Council’s Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight unanimously rejected an ordinance. Introduced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot in April, this would amend a previously passed amendment. The ordinance passed unanimously by City Council 10 months […]

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Chicago River at Michigan Avenue - David Wilson

The Chicago Board of Ethics extended the lobbyist third quarter activity report deadline. Due to problems with the ELF system, the deadline is extended from October 20 to October 26. Reports must be submitted electronically through the ELF system. The […]

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot - MacLean Center

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed amendment to the lobbying ordinance has been stalled. The stall comes after Lincoln Park Alderwoman Michele Smith, chair of the Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight, said she has no plans to call Lightfoot’s ordinance for […]

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Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

The Board of Ethics is delaying implementation of Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, previously set for April 20 to July 1. The ordinance imposes new registration and reporting requirements on certain nonprofit interactions with the city. Steven Berlin, Executive Director for the […]

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Chicago River at Michigan Avenue - David Wilson

The Chicago Board of Ethics released a fourth binding advisory opinion to provide additional guidance on Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305. Effective April 20, it will impose new registration and reporting requirements on certain nonprofit interactions with the city. The board states […]

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The Chicago Board of Ethics issued a press release and three binding advisory opinions. These opinions clarify what does and does not constitute lobbying activity by nonprofit organizations. The opinions include a total of 44 scenarios or hypothetical situations addressing […]

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Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

The city of Chicago announced a three-month delay for the effective date of an ordinance expanding the definition of lobbyist. The expansion would include persons acting on behalf of a nonprofit if they undertake those efforts as a matter of […]

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December 19, 2019  •  

Chicago Passes Lobbying Restrictions

Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

Chicago City Council voted to pass a lobbying ordinance on December 18. The ordinance prohibits city elected officials and employees from lobbying state or local government on behalf of private clients. Ordinance 2019-8541 also precludes elected officials anywhere in Illinois […]

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Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

The Chicago City Council Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight unanimously passed a proposal on December 4 to prohibit city elected officials and employees from lobbying state or local government on behalf of private clients. Proposed ordinance 2019-8541 also precludes […]

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July 24, 2019  •  

Chicago Lobbying Ordinance Passes

Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

City Council unanimously approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ethics ordinance on July 24, changing the definition of lobbyist for purposes of registration. Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305 provides that a person acting on behalf of a nonprofit will not need to register as […]

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot - MacLean Center

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in the process of passing an ethics ordinance related to government ethics and lobbyist registration. Under Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, a person acting on behalf of a nonprofit will not need to register as a lobbyist […]

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The city of Chicago’s lobbyist ethics training for 2018-2019 is now available. The deadline to complete the mandatory training is before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 1. The ethics training course is available at the Chicago Board of Elections website.

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The city of Chicago is currently revising its mandatory lobbyist ethics training course for 2018-2019. Program Director Edward Primer of the Chicago Board of Ethics said he anticipates the training will be available in mid-March. A notice will be sent […]

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