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Illinois Lawmakers worked past the legislative session deadline to pass an ethics reform package and major election changes. The ethics reforms include expanding state registration requirements under the Lobbyist Registration Act to include lobbying local officials in municipalities with a […]

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The Illinois Senate passed an ethics omnibus bill early this morning. The bill expands registration requirements under the Lobbyist Registration Act to include lobbying local officials and certain deputy state officials. Senate Bill 539 also prohibits all fundraising statewide during […]

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Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan selected Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar to fill his seat as representative for the 22nd House District after his first choice, Edward Guerra Kodatt, resigned due to allegations of questionable conduct. Madigan resigned as chairman of the […]

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The Chicago Board of Ethics is further extending the deadline for completion of annual mandatory ethics training by registered lobbyists for the 2019-2020 training period to May 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The training is completed online using […]

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The Illinois House elected Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch as speaker of the House. This took place shortly after the swearing-in of newly elected General Assembly members, to start the 2021 regular session. Welch succeeds Rep. Michael Madigan, the longest-serving statehouse […]

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The Illinois Legislature began a final session for the 101st General Assembly on January 8. The Senate met at the Capitol while the House met at the Bank of Springfield Center. The separate meeting locations accommodated social distancing due to […]

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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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The Illinois Legislature canceled the veto session originally scheduled for this week and December 1-3, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State lawmakers hope to meet in January, though no date has been set. Generally, the veto session, a short session […]

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A group of nonpartisan organizations concerned with good governance in Illinois issued a statement calling for the immediate release of the Report of the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform. The Commission was supposed to release the report on […]

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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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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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The Chicago Board of Ethics announced it will begin enforcing Ordinance 2-156-309 on October 1. The ordinance prohibits state and local elected officials from lobbying City Council or any city agency, department, board, or commission. In a press release announcing […]

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Rep. Jim Durkin introduced House Resolution 885 declaring the members of the House of Representatives have no confidence House Speaker Michael J. Madigan can continue in his role as speaker. The effort to remove Madigan comes in the wake of […]

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In a virtual news conference on August 13, a group of Democratic lawmakers proposed a package of ethics reform bills. The group’s goal is for the General Assembly to take the bills up during the veto session scheduled to begin […]

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