Kane advancing ethics ordinance for employees
If all goes right, the Kane County State’s Attorney Office will be making changes to the county’s ethics ordinance for employees this month and coming back to the Human Services Committee next month.
The committee may pass it on to the full county board soon after.
That is the schedule that committee Chairman Philip Lewis, R-St. Charles, said he is hoping for, anyway.
The committee hashed out five different areas for concern with Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Cullen at its meeting Wednesday.
“This area of ethics law is very complicated,” Cullen said. “We’ve provided our legal opinion.”
Lewis said the new draft is intended to clean up some of the details, establish new policies and determine what is in the ordinance that would not be allowed by state law.
Cullen went through the ordinance and received direction from the board in a few separate areas including the state’s attorney’s function regarding county ethics issues, penalties for violation of state ethics issues, county regulation of elected officials, regulation of political contributions, and donation disclosures from contractors.