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Notice To All Lobbying Entities And Lobbyists


The Illinois Lobbyist Registration Act now requires each person registered as a lobbyist to complete the following distinct responsibilities that shall only be performed by the lobbyist and not by an authorized agent of his or her employer, a co-worker or a legal or accounting professional. Those responsibilities are:

Ethics Training
Annually, each lobbyist is required to complete a review of ethics laws before his or her lobbyist registration is deemed complete. Lobbying prior to completing this requirement is a violation of the Lobbyist Registration Act. The training refers to laws that regulate lobbyists and their relationships with state and local officials and employees. The training informs the lobbyist of registration and expenditure reporting requirements pursuant to the Lobbyist Registration Act, as well as information that affects lobbyists in, but not limited to, the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act and the Procurement Code.

Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training
Annually, each lobbyist is required to complete training to prevent harassment and discrimination before his or her lobbyist registration is deemed complete. Lobbying prior to completing this requirement is a violation of the Lobbyist Registration Act. This training will include a detailed overview of the law and a video about prevention of harassment and discrimination. The video is designed to increase the awareness of what constitutes sexual harassment and discrimination, which will augment the sexual harassment policy each lobbyist is required to be provided by his or her employer.

Affirmation of Expenditures Reported
Each lobbyist must submit an affirmation which certifies that expenditures previously reported to the Secretary of State are accurate as those reports pertain to the expenditures made by the lobbyist. It is advisable that each lobbyist compare his or her expenditure records to the expenditure reports filed with the Secretary of State prior to entering the Affirmation of Expenditure Report Link.

In order to review expenditure reports Lobbyists may access reports by following the link below:

Review an Expenditure Report by using the Lobbyist Information Search

At the Lobbying Entity Registration/Expenditure Information screen, each report and amendment to reports will be available. Review each report to determine whether the expenditure(s) you made as part of your lobbying activities are completely and accurately reported when compared to your records.

If there are discrepancies between your records and the reports filed, you will need to reconcile those differences then have the report(s) amended after which your affirmation should be submitted.

*Lobbyists who are an exclusive lobbyist for more than one registered lobbying entity must complete an affirmation for each lobbying entity using the steps shown above.



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