Board of Ethics Ordinances, Regulations and Guides

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Cook County Ethics Ordinance

ARTICLE VII. – ETHICS Code of Ordinances Cook County, IL Municode Library

Chapter 2, Article VII - Ethics - The Cook County Board of Ethics enforces a number of laws, including the Cook County Ethics Ordinance and the Cook County Lobbyist Registration Ordinance. Follow this link to the latest version of both laws.

Rules and Regulations

Board of Ethics Rules and Regulations in connection with the Board of Ethics’ enforcement of the Ethics Ordinance. Last Amended April 13, 2017.


The Board of Ethics conducts regular training programs for County officials, employees and anyone else whose conduct is regulated by the Ethics Ordinance. Contact the Board of Ethics to request additional trainings.

Ethics Guides

The Board has developed the following guides addressing a number of ethics related topics. These guides are accessible in the Downloads section of this page to your right.

Gift Ban

Cook County officials and employees are generally prohibited from receiving gifts or gratuities from prohibited sources (e.g., vendors, potential vendors, regulated entities, lobbyists, etc.). There are limited exceptions that may apply and officials and employees must still disclose the receipt of gifts or gratuities from a prohibited source within ten (10) business days of receipt. Review the Downloads section for:

  • Requests for Exemptions (must be completed by officials or employees requesting educational or travel exemptions)
  • Gift Disclosure Guidelines
  • Gift Disclosure Forms

Political Activity

Cook County officials and employees are prohibited from engaging in certain types of election or campaign-related activities while at work or using County resources. Review the Downloads section for Political Activity Prohibition Guidelines.

Campaign Finance Activity

Cook County vendors, potential vendors, lobbyists and paid appointees are subject to certain campaign contribution limitations to elected County officials, candidates for County office and campaign committees controlled by or established in support of a County official or candidate for County office. Review the Downloads section to Campaign Finance Guidelines.

Post-Employment Restrictions

Cook County officials and employees remain subject to some provisions of the Ethics Ordinance after leaving public service, including restrictions on being employed by or receiving fees for services from some County vendors or representing parties other than the County in litigation or commercial transactions involving the County. Review the Downloads section for Post-Employment Guidelines and Request for Waiver of Post-Employment Restrictions Form.

Use of County Property

County property and resources can only be used for County purposes. Review the Downloads section for Use of County Property Guidelines.

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. The same regulation applies to vendors who do business with Cook County. Review the Downloads section for:

  • Guidelines for Lobbyists Disclosing Familial Relationships
  • Familial Relationships Disclosure Form
  • Vendor Familial Relationship Disclosure Provision Form