Wednesday’s agenda for the regular meeting of the Chicago Board of Ethics includes discussion of 25 violations related to unregistered or unreported lobbying. A recent Chicago Tribune investigation found 26 possible violations of the city’s lobbying registration and reporting rules. Dozens of lobbyists, businesspeople, and the politically connected reached out to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his personal email address asking for contract changes, ordinance amendments, and city action without registering as a lobbyist or reporting their activity.
Those emails were revealed in a Freedom of Information Act dump earlier this year. Uber executive David Plouffe was the first to face major fines after the release for trying to influence city decision-making on ride sharing vehicles operating at the city’s airports. He was fined $90,000. Dozens of others could face a similar fate, with fines that grow by the day.
The committee meets Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Board of Ethics office, 740 N. Sedgwick, Suite 500.