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File #: 18-2022    Version: 1 Name: SUPPORTING STRONGER ETHICS LEGISLATION
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 1/30/2018 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 2/7/2018 Final action: 2/7/2018
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STRONGER ETHICS LEGISLATION WHEREAS, the purpose of a responsible government should require that public officials and employees be independent, impartial, and responsible to the people; that public office not be used for personal gain; that officials and employees not be unduly or inappropriately influenced by those they regulate or by those who seek special benefits from the public; have confidence in the integrity and transparency of its government; and WHEREAS, full disclosure of political spending has been consistently recognized as important and necessary for the growth of an educated and informed electorate by the Supreme Court-from Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976) through Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010); and WHEREAS, Cook County adopted an Ethics Ordinance that ensures government decisions and policy be made in the best interests of the People of Cook County, with full disclosure and transparency; Cook County, IL Ord....
Sponsors: JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, PETER N. SILVESTRI, LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET GAINER, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STRONGER ETHICS LEGISLATION

WHEREAS, the purpose of a responsible government should require that public officials and employees be independent, impartial, and responsible to the people; that public office not be used for personal gain; that officials and employees not be unduly or inappropriately influenced by those they regulate or by those who seek special benefits from the public; have confidence in the integrity and transparency of its government; and

WHEREAS, full disclosure of political spending has been consistently recognized as important and necessary for the growth of an educated and informed electorate by the Supreme Court-from Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976) through Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010); and

WHEREAS, Cook County adopted an Ethics Ordinance that ensures government decisions and policy be made in the best interests of the People of Cook County, with full disclosure and transparency; Cook County, IL Ord. No. 93-0-29, as amended; and

WHEREAS, among other things, Cook County's Ethics Ordinance prohibits Cook County employees from accepting employment when such positions may fall within the revolving door definition; Brown v. District of Columbia Board of Zoning, 423 A.2d 1276, 1282 (D.C. App. 1980); and

WHEREAS, Cook County has established a Cook County Board of Ethics which initiates, receives, and reviews complaints concerning possible violations of the Ethics Ordinance and financial disclosure; and

WHEREAS, elected officials are required to submit a campaign disclosure statement on a quarterly basis to the Illinois State Board of Elections; and

WHEREAS, the Cook County Board supports Represent US in the pursuit of strengthening the Federal Election Commission and the Illinois State Board of Elections to enforce the ethics rules that exist; and

WHEREAS, Cook County joins Represent US, with other communities in the United States, in seeking full transparency of campaign...

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