(25 ILCS 170/6)
(from Ch. 63, par. 176)
(a) Lobbyist reports. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, every lobbyist registered under this Act who is solely employed by a lobbying entity
shall file an affirmation, verified under
oath pursuant to Section 1-109 of the Code of Civil Procedure, with
State attesting to the accuracy of any reports filed pursuant to subsection (b) as those reports pertain to work performed by the lobbyist. Any lobbyist registered under this Act who is not solely employed by a lobbying entity shall personally file reports required of lobbying entities pursuant to subsection (b). A lobbyist may, if authorized so to do by a lobbying entity by whom he or she is employed or retained, file lobbying entity reports pursuant to subsection (b) provided that the lobbying entity may delegate the filing of the lobbying entity report to only one lobbyist in any reporting period.
(b) Lobbying entity reports. Every lobbying entity registered under this Act shall report expenditures related to lobbying. The report shall itemize each individual expenditure or transaction
and shall include the name of the official on whose behalf the
was made, the name of the client if the expenditure was made on behalf of a client, the
total amount of the expenditure, a description of the expenditure, the vendor or purveyor to whom the expenditure was made (including the address or location of the expenditure), the date on which the expenditure occurred and
the subject matter of the lobbying activity, if any.
For those expenditures made on behalf of a client, if the client is a client registrant, the report shall also include the name and address of the client or clients of the client registrant or the official or officials on whose behalf the expenditure ultimately was made. Each expenditure required to be reported shall include all expenses made for or on behalf of an official or his or her immediate family member living with the official.
(b-1) The report shall include any change or addition to the client list information, required in Section 5 for registration, since the last report, including the names and addresses of all clients who retained the lobbying entity together with an itemized description for each client of the following: (1) lobbying regarding executive action, including the name of any executive agency lobbied and the subject matter; (2) lobbying regarding legislative action, including the General Assembly and any other agencies lobbied and the subject matter; and (3) lobbying regarding administrative action, including the agency lobbied and the subject matter. Registrants who made no reportable expenditures during a reporting period shall file a report stating that no expenditures were incurred.
(b-2) Expenditures attributable to lobbying officials shall be listed and reported
according to the following categories:
(1) Travel and lodging on behalf of others,
including, but not limited to, all travel and living accommodations made for or on behalf of State officials during sessions of the General Assembly.
(2) Meals, beverages and other entertainment.
(3) Gifts (indicating which, if any, are on the basis
(5) Any other thing or service of value not listed
under categories (1) through (4), setting forth a description of the expenditure. The category travel and lodging includes, but is not limited to, all travel and living accommodations made for or on behalf of State officials in the State capital during sessions of the General Assembly.
(b-3) Expenditures incurred for hosting receptions, benefits and other large
gatherings held for purposes of goodwill or otherwise to influence executive,
legislative or administrative action to which there are 25 or more State
officials invited shall be reported listing only the total amount of
expenditure, the date of the event, and the estimated number of officials in
(b-7) Matters excluded from reports. The following items need not be included in the report:
(1) Reasonable and bona fide expenditures made by the
registrant who is a member of a legislative or State study commission or committee while attending and participating in meetings and hearings of such commission or committee.
(2) Reasonable and bona fide expenditures made by the
registrant for personal sustenance, lodging, travel, office expenses and clerical or support staff.
(3) Salaries, fees, and other compensation paid to
the registrant for the purposes of lobbying.
(4) Any contributions required to be reported under
Article 9 of the Election Code.
(5) Expenditures made by a registrant on behalf of an
official that are returned or reimbursed prior to the deadline for submission of the report.
A registrant who terminates employment or duties which required him to
register under this Act shall give the Secretary of State, within 30 days after
the date of such termination, written notice of such termination and shall
include therewith a report of the expenditures described herein, covering the
period of time since the filing of his last report to the date of termination
of employment. Such notice and report shall be final and relieve such
registrant of further reporting under this Act, unless and until he later takes
employment or assumes duties requiring him to again register under this Act.
(d) Failure to file any such report within the time designated or the
reporting of incomplete information shall constitute a violation of this Act.
A registrant shall preserve for a period of 2 years all receipts and records
used in preparing reports under this Act.
(e) Within 30 days after a filing deadline or as provided by rule, the lobbyist shall notify each
official on whose behalf an expenditure has been reported. Notification shall
include the name of the registrant, the total amount of the expenditure, a description of the expenditure, the
date on which the expenditure occurred, and the subject matter of the lobbying
(f) A report for the period beginning January 1, 2010 and ending on June 30, 2010 shall be filed no later than July 15, 2010, and a report for the period beginning July 1, 2010 and ending on December 31, 2010 shall be filed no later than January 15, 2011. Beginning January 1, 2011, reports shall be filed semi-monthly as follows: (i) for the period beginning the first day of the month through the 15th day of the month, the report shall be filed no later than the 20th day of the month and (ii) for the period beginning on the 16th day of the month through the last day of the month, the report shall be filed no later than the 5th day of the following month. A report filed under this Act is due in the Office of the Secretary of State no later than the close of business on the date on which it is required to be filed.
(g) All reports filed under this Act shall be filed in a format or on forms prescribed by the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 98-459, eff. 1-1-14.)