Illinois Bill Would Require Lobbyists to Report Compensation - State and Federal Communications

February 23, 2024  •  

Illinois Bill Would Require Lobbyists to Report Compensation

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Following sentencing of former House Speaker Mike Madigan’s chief of staff, Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias announced a series of ethics reforms to strengthen enforcement and require more transparency and disclosure regarding the financial dealings of lobbyists.

House Bill 4591 requires lobbyists to report compensation received from clients and gives the secretary of state more authority to investigate violations of the Lobbyist Registration Act.

The bill also would allow the secretary of state to investigate anyone who is lobbying but has not registered as a lobbyist.

The office could revoke, suspend, or bar a person from lobbying for up to one year if failing to file reports or pay a fine.

Lobbyists will be required to keep records for three years, up from two, or face possible revocation of their license.

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