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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 or investigating complaints.

Most Recent News (Ethics)

Sep 11, 2014 Open Letter Regarding Legislative Inspector General
Sep 11, 2014 Amended Ordinance, September 10, 2014
Sep 11, 2014 Board's August and September Activity
Sep 9, 2014 Minutes of the August 2014 Board Meeting
Sep 2, 2014 Agenda for September 2014 Meeting
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