September 11, 2014 •
Cook County Board Bans Lobbyist Activity During Public Meetings
The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a new ordinance banning registered lobbyists from attempting to communicate with commissioners, for purposes of discussing any matter of county business, while the commissioners are present on the floor during public meetings.
The ordinance does not affect lobbying outside of county chambers or lobbying in the boardroom after a meeting is brought to a close.
Moreover, the new rule applies only to registered lobbyists, and makes no mention of those engaged in lobbying activity who are not yet registered with the county.
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