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Cook County Ethics Ordinance

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Date Introduced: 7/2/2009
Date Passed:
7/2/2009

Sponsors:
Daley, Stroger-Todd
Co-Sponsors:
Beavers, Butler, Claypool, Collins, Gainer, Gorman, Goslin, Maldonado, Moreno, Murphy, Peraica, Schneider, Silvestri, Sims, Steele-Robert, Suffredin

Summary:

The Cook County Ethics Ordinance does not allow for County officials to use County funds to pay for the printing or production of any newsletters or brochures with the name of the elected official beginning on January 1 of the year of a primary election and ending the day after the election.  It also does not allow for the brochures to be printed starting September 1 of the year of a general election and ending on the day after the election.

No County service announcement, including bumper stickers, pins, commercials, etc. shall name the name of a County official during the dates mentioned while the official is running for office.


Full Text of Legislation:

COOK COUNTY ETHICS ORDINANCE

BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that Chapter 2 Administration, Article VII, Section 2-586 of the Cook County Code is hereby amended as follows:

ARTICLE VII.  ETHICS

Sec. 2-586.      Newsletters, brochures, public service announcements, and promotional materials.

(a)        County funds and resources may not be used by any elected County official to print or pay for the printing of any newsletters or brochures during the period beginning January 1 of the year of a general primary election and ending the day after such general primary election and during a period beginning September 1 of the year of a general election and ending the day after such general election if the elected County official is a candidate in such primary or general election. A County elected official may not mail, during the period beginning January 1 of the year of a general primary election and ending the day after such general primary election and during a period beginning September 1 of the year of a general election and ending the day after such general election, any newsletters or brochures that were printed at any time using County funds or resources if the elected County official is a candidate in such primary or general election.

(b)       This section shall not apply to any informational brochures that are solely related to and accompany any mailing of a property tax bill, notice of property tax assessment, or notice of voter registration or polling place information, or to a brochure mailed to a constituent in response to that constituent's inquiry concerning the needs of that constituent or questions raised by that constituent.

(c)        No public service announcement or advertisement that is on behalf of any County administered program and contains the proper name, image, or voice of any elected County official shall be broadcast or aired on radio or television or printed in a commercial newspaper or commercial magazine at any time on or after the date that the elected County official files nominating papers for any elected office, and for any time thereafter that the elected County official remains a candidate for any office.

(d)       The proper name or image of any elected official may not appear on any:

(1)       Bumper stickers;

(2)       Commercial billboards;

(3)       Lapel pins or buttons;

(4)               Magnets; or

(5)               Stickers, if designed, paid for, produced, and/or distributed with public funds.

 

 


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