Board of Ethics

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About the Board of Ethics

The Cook County Board of Ethics is responsible for enforcing the Cook County Ethics Ordinance. The Ethics Ordinance requires 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. The Code of Conduct applies to officials, employees, persons doing or seeking to do business with the County, persons regulated by the County, and persons seeking official action by the County.

The Board enforces the Code of Conduct by investigating complaints of Ordinance violations and conducting related audits, issuing advisory opinions and providing other ethics advice, and designing and delivering ethics and other types of training sessions. Some of our main functions include rendering advice to Cook County officials, employees, and others governed by the County's Ethics Ordinance, and investigating violations of Cook County’s Ethics Ordinance. You can request an Advisory Opinion or Investigation by completing the forms linked below.

Request for Advisory Opinion

Request for Investigation

    The Cook County Board of Ethics enforces the Cook County Ethics Ordinance.

    Cook County Ethics Ordinance

    To clarify procedures and best effectuate the Cook County Ethics Ordinance, the Cook County Board of Ethics has adopted Rules & Regulations. The latest version of the Rules & Regulations went into effect on September 21, 2023. 

    Cook County Board of Ethics Rules & Regulations

    The Board has developed the following guides addressing several ethics topics. Information provided is guidance and should not be considered legal advice.

    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.

    Gift Disclosure Guide

    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. 

    Political Activity Prohibitions Poster

    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. 

    Post-Employment Restrictions Memo

    Printed Promotional Materials

    The Ethics Ordinance outlines prohibitions related to printed materials. 

    Printed Promotional Materials Guide

    More Information on Printed Promotional Materials

    Use of County Property

    County property and resources can only be used for County purposes. 

    Use of County Property Memo

    Disclosure and Request Forms are collected by the Cook County Board of Ethics in compliance with the Cook County Ethics Ordinance. These are primarily internal forms (for Cook County President, Commissioners, elected officials, appointees, and employees). If you have questions regarding these disclosures, please contact the Cook County Board of Ethics. 

    As of January 2022, the Cook County Board of Ethics has moved Disclosure and Request Forms to an online platform, which is the preferred method to receive this information. If you are unable to access the online forms, please contact the Cook County Board of Ethics. 

    File Disclosures & Requests with the Board of Ethics

    Cook County Board of Ethics provides the following information to support candidates for Cook County office to have awareness of and comply with the Cook County Ethics Ordinance. Information provided is guidance and should not be considered legal advice. Below are a few quick links, but we encourage you to review the full page for Cook County Candidates. 

    Information for Cook County Candidates

    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.

    Vendor Report 10/1/2019 to 9/30/23

    Report - Seeking Official Action

    Appeals 2023

    Printed Promotional Materials

    The Ethics Ordinance outlines prohibitions related to printed materials. 

    Printed Promotional Materials Guide

    More Information on Printed Promotional Materials

    Location Title
    Intake interviews are by appointment only, please call or email to make an intake appointment.
    Location Phone
    Location Fax
    Location Hours
    Sunday: Closed
    Monday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Tuesday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Wednesday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Saturday: Closed

    Agency Head

    Jennifer King, Interim Director