Chicago Board of Ethics
The Board of Ethics administers Chicago’s Governmental Ethics and Campaign Financing Ordinances, laws adopted to help ensure that City officials and employees avoid conflicts of interests. The agency’s activities include: Providing confidential advice; Educating City personnel, vendors, lobbyists and the public about the Ordinances; Regulating lobbyists and campaign contributors; Distributing and maintaining financial disclosure statements for public inspection; and, Referring complaints and adjudicating completed investigations. The seven members of the Board are appointed by the mayor.
Grades are based on information from December 2019
The first step toward participating in a public meeting is knowing when and where it is, and getting context on the decisions it’s been making.
The Illinois Attorney General has said that all public bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act must provide an opportunity for members of the public to address public officials at open meetings. Public comment periods offer an avenue for people to support or oppose policy decisions and provide information that might not otherwise be represented in a meeting.
Knowing the time and location of a meeting is one thing, but it doesn’t necessarily make getting there any easier. Varying meeting times and locations can reduce barriers for attendees.