Ordinances, Regulations & Guides

Cook County Ethics Ordinace

Cook County Code of Ethics Ordinance
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Chaper 2, Article VII – Ethics – An ordinance requiring all Cook County officials and employees to abide by a Code of Conduct, which sets forth general directives to ensure fair and honest government in Cook County.
Source: Cook County Code of Ordinances Last amended May 18, 2004


Rules and Regulations

Cook County Board of Ethics Rules and Regulations Rules Effective December 20, 2002.pdf)
Rules and regulations in connection with the Board of Ethics’ enforcement of the Ethics Ordinance. Last Amended December 20, 2002.


 Training

The Board of Ethics conducts regular training programs for County officials and employees covered by the Ordinance. For the schedule of training dates or to request on-site training, please contact the Board at 312-603-4304.


Ethics Guides

The Board has developed the following guides addressing topics covered by the Ethics Ordinance

Gift Disclosure by Officials and Employees

All Cook County officials and employees must disclose to the Board of Ethics the receipt of certain gifts from prohibited sources within ten (10) business days of receiving the gift.

Political Activity

Campaign Finance Activity

In accordance with the Cook County Ethics Ordinance, the Office of the Comptroller provides the following list of current and former individuals who, during the preceding four years, received from Cook County payments in excess of $10,000 in any 12-consecutive months.


 Doing Business With the County

Familial Relationship Disclosure

Section 2-582 of the Cook County Ethics Ordinance requires any person or persons doing business with Cook County, upon execution of a contract with Cook County, to disclose to the Cook County Board of Ethics the existence of familial relationships they may have with all persons holding elective office in the State of Illinois, the County of Cook, or in any municipality within the County of Cook.

Lobbyist Familial Relationship Disclosure

Section 2-582 of the Cook County Ethics Ordinance requires all persons registered as a lobbyist with Cook County, upon filing with the Cook County Clerk, to disclose to the Cook County Board of Ethics the existence of familial relationships they may have with all persons holding elective office in the State of Illinois, the County of Cook, or in any municipality within the County of Cook.