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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)

Feb 25, 2015 Runoffs: Questions and Answers
Feb 23, 2015 Filing of Annual Statements of Financial Interests
Feb 23, 2015 Open Session Minutes of the January 2015 Board Meeting
Feb 11, 2015 Amended Open Session Agenda of February 2015 meeting
Feb 11, 2015 Public Notice of February 2015 Board meeting
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