(25 ILCS 170/2)
(from Ch. 63, par. 172)
As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise
(a) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, committee,
association, corporation, or any other organization or group of persons.
(b) "Expenditure" means a payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit,
or gift of money or anything of value, and includes a contract, promise, or
agreement, whether or not legally enforceable, to make an expenditure, for
the ultimate purpose of influencing executive, legislative, or administrative
action, other than compensation as defined in subsection (d).
(c) "Official" means:
(1) the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of
(d) "Compensation" means any money, thing of value or financial benefits
received or to be received in return for services rendered or to be
rendered, for lobbying as defined in subsection (e).
Monies paid to members of the General Assembly by the State as
remuneration for performance of their Constitutional and statutory duties
as members of the General Assembly shall not constitute compensation as
defined by this Act.
(e) "Lobby" and "lobbying"
means any communication with an official of the
executive or legislative branch of State government as defined in subsection
(c) for the ultimate purpose of influencing any executive, legislative, or
(f) "Influencing" means any communication, action, reportable
expenditure as prescribed in Section 6 or other means used to promote,
support, affect, modify, oppose or delay any executive, legislative or
administrative action or to promote goodwill with officials as defined in
(g) "Executive action" means the proposal, drafting, development,
consideration, amendment, adoption, approval, promulgation, issuance,
modification, rejection or postponement by a State entity of a rule,
regulation, order, decision, determination, contractual arrangement, purchasing
agreement or other quasi-legislative or quasi-judicial action or proceeding.
(h) "Legislative action" means the development, drafting, introduction,
consideration, modification, adoption, rejection, review, enactment, or passage
or defeat of any bill, amendment, resolution, report, nomination,
administrative rule or other matter by either house of the General Assembly or
a committee thereof, or by a legislator. Legislative action also means the
action of the Governor in approving or vetoing any bill or portion thereof, and
the action of the Governor or any agency in the development of a proposal for
introduction in the legislature.
(i) "Administrative action" means the execution or rejection of any rule,
regulation, legislative rule, standard, fee, rate, contractual arrangement,
purchasing agreement or other delegated legislative or quasi-legislative action
to be taken or withheld by any executive agency, department, board or
commission of the State.
(j) "Lobbyist" means any natural person who undertakes to lobby State government
as provided in subsection (e).
(k) "Lobbying entity" means any entity that hires, retains, employs, or compensates a natural person to lobby State government as provided in subsection (e).
(l) "Authorized agent" means the person designated by an entity or lobbyist registered under this Act as the person responsible for submission and retention of reports required under this Act.
(m) "Client" means any person or entity that provides compensation to a lobbyist to lobby State government as provided in subsection (e) of this Section.
(n) "Client registrant" means a client who is required to register under this Act.
(o) "Unit of local government" has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 1 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution and also includes school districts and community college districts.
(Source: P.A. 101-595, eff. 12-5-19.)