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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)

Jan 22, 2015 Minutes of the December 2014 Board Meeting and Schedule of 2015 Meetings
Jan 15, 2015 Agenda for January 2015 meeting
Jan 7, 2015 Summary of the Board's December 2014 Activity
Dec 18, 2014 Board files campaign financing complaints with Inspectors General
Dec 17, 2014 Board Issues Advisory Opinion on Contributions from Advisors to Pension Funds
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