Post Employment Restrictions

Every government ethics law has post-employment or “revolving door” restrictions, designed to prevent former government officials and employees from improperly profiting from their government ties or “inside” knowledge.  After you leave your City employment or service (whether voluntarily, involuntarily or by retirement), there may be certain activities, matters or projects with or before the City on which you cannot work.  These prohibitions may last for 1 or 2 years, or perhaps longer.  The restrictions are in the City’s Governmental Ethics Ordinance, and some recent amendments are effective July 1, 2013.  This brief guide explains how Chicago’s restrictions work. 

Read our brochure regarding these restrictions.

QUESTIONS? - This brief plain-English guide is intended to help readers develop a basic understanding of Chicago’s revolving door restrictions. For authoritative confidential guidance in any particular situation, we recommend consulting with the Board of Ethics.  We’re at 312.744.9660; our email is