Cook County Ethics Ordinance
Chapter 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 20, 2015
Rules and Regulations
Board of Ethics Rules and Regulations in connection with the Board of Ethics’ enforcement of the Ethics Ordinance. Last Amended April 19, 2016.
The Board of Ethics conducts regular training programs for County officials and employees covered by the Ordinance.
To request on-site training, please contact the Board at 312-603-4304.
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.
Requests for Exemption
Employees seeking an exemption from the Gift Ban for Educational materials or missions or travel to discuss County business should complete one of the forms below and return it to the Board of Ethics.
Campaign Finance Activity
Section 2-585 of the Ethics Ordinance provides additional campaign contribution limitations for County vendors and lobbyists.
- Campaign Contributions Regulations for Persons Doing Business with the County Campaign Contribution Guidance
- Listing of Vendors/Persons Doing Business with the County May 2016 Vendor List
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.