Administrative Read Reference

Public Libraries and the Law

Illinois Governmental Ethics

Under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act [5 ILCS 430/1-1 et seq.], a local ordinance or resolution is required for every local government that prohibits various gifts from prohibited sources and also prohibits various political activities by officials and employees.

Under the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act [5 ILCS 420/4A-101], any person elected or appointed to a public office in a unit of local government and any employee who meets certain guidelines must file a "Statement of Economic Interest" with the county clerk every year. By February 1 of each year, the library secretary certifies and submits the list of names and addresses, to the County Clerk, for those that qualify. Those required to file will receive a Statement of Economic Interest form by April 1. The Statement of Economic Interest forms must be submitted by May 1 of each year.