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Ethics Reform


Since taking office, Mayor Emanuel has initiated numerous reforms to improve ethics and accountability in Chicago’s government, including signing six Executive Orders strengthening the City’s ethics rules, creating an online lobbyist disclosure system, appointing an Ethics Reform Task Force charged with making recommendations to ensure appropriate oversight of government activity, introducing first-of-its-kind whistleblower protections for all Chicago residents, and appointing seven new members to Board of Ethics. For a full view of Mayor Emanuel’s ethics reform timeline, click here.



The Board of Ethics administers Chicago’s Governmental Ethics and Campaign Financing Ordinances, laws adopted to help ensure that City officials and employees avoid conflicts of interests.

The agency’s activities include:

  • Providing confidential advice;
  • Educating City personnel, vendors, lobbyists and the public about the Ordinances;
  • Regulating lobbyists and campaign contributors;
  • Distributing and maintaining financial disclosure statements for public inspection; and,
  • Referring complaints and adjudicating completed investigations.

Most Recent News (Ethics)

Aug 25, 2015 Revised Guide to Political Activity
Aug 13, 2015 Ethics Guide for City Business Travelers
Aug 5, 2015 Public Notices regarding August and September Board Meetings
Jul 31, 2015 A Guide to Board of Ethics Enforcement Procedures
Jul 29, 2015 Amendments to the Ordinance Approved and Effective July 30, 2015
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