Board of Ethics

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PURPOSE:  To secure and maintain financial disclosure and affiliation statements from those persons required to file such a statement; to develop and recommend to the city council a code of ethics applicable to public officials; to evaluate, make findings of fact and issue advisory opinions for the city council on questions of possible unethical conduct or conflict of interest. When the possible unethical conduct or conflict of interest concerns the prohibited political activities or gift ban provisions of this chapter, the board may recommend to the city council that the matter be referred to the law department for appropriate action pursuant to 5 Illinois Compiled Statutes 430/1-1 et seq. Such deliberations may be initiated by the board or upon request, given due cause; to consider related issues in addition to references from the city council, and to develop rules and procedures to govern its own conduct of business.

The Board of Ethics shall report to the rules committee of the city council, as needed, or at least annually.  (20-0-78) (2-0-81) (1-O-86) (92-O-89) (29-O-07)

# OF MEMBERS: Five (5) members appointed by the Mayor.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be an Evanston resident or employed in Evanston.

TERM: Three (3) year terms. Members may serve no more than two (2) terms.

MEETING DATE: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.

PLACE: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center – Room 2403

REPORTS TO: Rules Committee

Jennifer Billingsley (Chair)  July 14, 2020*
Karena Bierman
  April 10,  2020
 Vincent Thomas (Sergeant in Arms))   April 10, 2020
Elizabeth Gustafson  April 23, 2020
LJ Ellul  July 30, 2021

*2nd Term

STAFF: Hugh DuBose, Assistant City Attorney
Legal Department
Email Staff


City Code - Title 1, Chapter 10
Inquiry/Complaint Form

If you would like to send a letter to the Board of Ethics, please email them at  Your email will be automatically forwarded to all members of the Board of Ethics.  For complaints, please use the inquiry/complaint link above


Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda Minutes Packet
 12/17/2019  Notice of Cancellation    
11/19/2019  Agenda   Packet
10/15/2019 Agenda  Minutes Packet
9/17/2019  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
8/20/2019  Agenda  Minutes Packet
7/16/2019 Notice of Cancellation    
6/18/2019  Agenda  Minutes Packet 
 5/21/2019 Agenda  Minutes Packet
 4/16/2019 Agenda  Minutes Packet 
 4/2/2019 Notice of Cancellation    
3/19/2019 Notice of Cancellation    
 2/19/2019 Notice of Cancellation    Packet
 1/29/19  Notice of Cancellation    
 12/18/18 Agenda   Minutes   
 11/20/18 Agenda   Minutes  
 10/25/18 Agenda  Minutes  
 10/24/18 Agenda  Minutes  
 10/16/18  Agenda  Minutes  
 09/25/18  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 09/18/18  Notice of cancellation    
8/21/18 Agenda_revised
 Minutes  Packet
07/24/18  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 07/17/18  notice-of-cancellation    



Minutes Packet




 04/17/18  notice-of-cancellation    
 03/20/18  Agenda - Revised  Minutes



2017-11-08 Robin Rue Simmons Employment Explanation


2018-03-14 Robin Rue Simmons Board of Ethics


2018-03-20 Hamernick Statement

Sunshine Statement Exhibit A

Sunshine Statement Exhibit B

Sunshine Statement Exhibit C

Sunshine Statement Exhibit D

02/20/18  cancellation    
01/16/18  cancellation    

 12/19/17  Agenda Minutes  Packet
 11/21/17 Agenda-revised  Minutes Packet-revised
 10/17/17  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 9/19/17  cancellation    
 8/15/17  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 7/18/17 cancellation    
 6/20/17  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 5/16/17  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 5/2/17 Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 4/18/17  Agenda  Minutes  Packet
 3/21/17  Agenda    Packet
 2/21/17  Cancellation    
 1/24/17  Cancellation    
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