Ethics in Chicago Government: A Guide for City Employees and Elected Officials

The City’s Governmental Ethics Ordinance establishes standards of conduct for all City employees and officials.  These standards cover conflicts of interest, having outside jobs, accepting gifts, employing relatives, engaging in political activity, and other topics.  They restrict what you can do in and after you your leave City service. 

In 2012, Mayor Emanuel introduced significant changes to the Ordinance, and the City Council adopted them. It is important that you understand these restrictions generally, so that you can spot and “ethics issues” and you seek advice.

This guide outlines the key restrictions.  It is not intended to be all-inclusive, and provides general information only. It is not a substitute for confidential Board advice.

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