Transparency and disclosure of potential conflicts of interests is a cornerstone of ethics regulation, in Chicago and elsewhere.
On March 1, 2016, about 3,700 City employees and officials will be notified of their requirement to file a Statement of Financial Interests with the Board of Ethics before June 1, 2016, as required by §2-156-150 of the City’s Governmental Ethics Ordinance. They will also be notified that the penalties for failing to timely file are now: (1) violators will be fined $250 for each day their violation continues; (2) the Board shall make their names and violations public; and (3) employees who violate this law are subject to employment sanctions, up to and including discharge, and officials who violate this law are subject to removal from office.
The criteria for who must file this yearly form have also changed in recent years. Through 2012, City employees whose annual City salary was at or above a specified rate needed to file (as well as all City elected officials and members of City boards and commissions that are not solely advisory). Under the November 2012 amendments to the Ordinance City employees need to file depending on their official responsibilities. Employees who meet these criteria have been identified by their departments. The criteria are:
Also, beginning in 2013, aldermen began filing their forms with the Board of Ethics, rather than with the City Clerk. The Mayor, City Clerk and City Treasurer and about 450 appointed members of various City boards and commissions will still file with the Board of Ethics.
All forms filed with the Board of Ethics since 20011 are made public on this website, as they are accepted for filing. To search for a filed form, please click this link . The Board keeps forms on file for 7 years after they are filed. Please contact the Board to examine forms filed prior to 2011.