The Board of Ethics was established in 1987 to administer and enforce the Governmental Ethics and Campaign Financing Ordinances (Chapters 2-156 and 2-164 of the Municipal Code of Chicago).
The Ordinances regulate the conduct of:
- City employees;
- Elected officials;
- Appointed officials;
- City vendors; and,
- Other persons who interact with City agencies and personnel.
The Ordinances also cover several major subject areas:
(1) the code of conduct,
(2) financial disclosure,
(3) lobbyist registration, and
(4) campaign financing limitations
The Board's mission is to
- Enhance public confidence in the administration of City government by educating persons subject to the Ordinances and the public about the standards imposed by the Ordinances;
- Interpret the Ordinances and give personal guidance to those seeking it;
- Regulate the conduct of persons subject to the Ordinances; and,
- Investigate complaints that persons subject to the Ordinances have violated them.