A new bill in Springfield would prevent Cook County elected
officials from working as lobbyists or owning a lobbying business.
House Bill 5189 amends the Illinois Lobbyist Registration Act to prohibit
registered lobbyists from serving as countywide elected officials. It would also
prohibit those who hold a 30 percent or greater ownership interest in a lobbying
Specifically, the bill mandates that, “no person serving in a countywide
elective public office in a county with a population of 3,000,000 or more, or
his or her spouse or immediate family members living with that elected person,
may be a registered lobbyist … or hold a 30% or greater ownership interest in a
The bill was filed in February by state Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates.[to top of second column]
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios could be affected
under this proposal. His office recently came under fire for
granting an assessment reduction to a company that had retained
Berrios’ lobbying firm.
Berrios’ lobbying firm, B-P Consultants, has
represented tobacco firm Altria and its subsidiaries in Springfield
since 2009, according to a Better Government Association
investigation. And in September, the Cook County assessor’s office
approved an assessment reduction on a Franklin Park facility owned
by Altria that saved the business an estimated $370,000 on their
The bill, which would go into effect Jan. 1, 2019, is sitting in the
House Rules Committee.
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