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GENERAL PROVISIONS
(5 ILCS 430/) State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

5 ILCS 430/20-90

    (5 ILCS 430/20-90)
    Sec. 20-90. Confidentiality.
    (a) The identity of any individual providing information or reporting any possible or alleged misconduct to an Executive Inspector General or the Executive Ethics Commission shall be kept confidential and may not be disclosed without the consent of that individual, unless the individual consents to disclosure of his or her name or disclosure of the individual's identity is otherwise required by law. The confidentiality granted by this subsection does not preclude the disclosure of the identity of a person in any capacity other than as the source of an allegation.
    (b) Subject to the provisions of Section 20-52, commissioners, employees, and agents of the Executive Ethics Commission, the Executive Inspectors General, and employees and agents of each Office of an Executive Inspector General, the Attorney General, and the employees and agents of the office of the Attorney General shall keep confidential and shall not disclose information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act or by this Act, provided the identity of any individual providing information or reporting any possible or alleged misconduct to the Executive Inspector General for the Governor may be disclosed to an Inspector General appointed or employed by a Regional Transit Board in accordance with Section 75-10.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09; 96-1528, eff. 7-1-11.)

5 ILCS 430/20-95

    (5 ILCS 430/20-95)
    Sec. 20-95. Exemptions.
    (a) Documents generated by an ethics officer under this Act, except Section 5-50, are exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
    (b) Any allegations and related documents submitted to an Executive Inspector General and any pleadings and related documents brought before the Executive Ethics Commission are exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act so long as the Executive Ethics Commission does not make a finding of a violation of this Act. If the Executive Ethics Commission finds that a violation has occurred, the entire record of proceedings before the Commission, the decision and recommendation, and the response from the agency head or ultimate jurisdictional authority to the Executive Ethics Commission are not exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act but information contained therein that is otherwise exempt from the Freedom of Information Act must be redacted before disclosure as provided in the Freedom of Information Act. A summary report released by the Executive Ethics Commission under Section 20-52 is a public record, but information redacted by the Executive Ethics Commission shall not be part of the public record.
    (c) Meetings of the Commission are exempt from the provisions of the Open Meetings Act.
    (d) Unless otherwise provided in this Act, all investigatory files and reports of the Office of an Executive Inspector General, other than monthly reports required under Section 20-85, are confidential, are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, and shall not be divulged to any person or agency, except as necessary (i) to a law enforcement authority, (ii) to the ultimate jurisdictional authority, (iii) to the Executive Ethics Commission, (iv) to another Inspector General appointed pursuant to this Act, or (v) to an Inspector General appointed or employed by a Regional Transit Board in accordance with Section 75-10.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09; 96-1528, eff. 7-1-11.)

5 ILCS 430/Art. 25

 
    (5 ILCS 430/Art. 25 heading)
ARTICLE 25
LEGISLATIVE ETHICS COMMISSION AND
LEGISLATIVE INSPECTOR GENERAL
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-5

    (5 ILCS 430/25-5)
    Sec. 25-5. Legislative Ethics Commission.
    (a) The Legislative Ethics Commission is created.
    (b) The Legislative Ethics Commission shall consist of 8 commissioners appointed 2 each by the President and Minority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
    The terms of the initial commissioners shall commence upon qualification. Each appointing authority shall designate one appointee who shall serve for a 2-year term running through June 30, 2005. Each appointing authority shall designate one appointee who shall serve for a 4-year term running through June 30, 2007. The initial appointments shall be made within 60 days after the effective date of this Act.
    After the initial terms, commissioners shall serve for 4-year terms commencing on July 1 of the year of appointment and running through June 30 of the fourth following year. Commissioners may be reappointed to one or more subsequent terms.
    Vacancies occurring other than at the end of a term shall be filled by the appointing authority only for the balance of the term of the commissioner whose office is vacant.
    Terms shall run regardless of whether the position is filled.
    (c) The appointing authorities shall appoint commissioners who have experience holding governmental office or employment and may appoint commissioners who are members of the General Assembly as well as commissioners from the general public. A commissioner who is a member of the General Assembly must recuse himself or herself from participating in any matter relating to any investigation or proceeding in which he or she is the subject. A person is not eligible to serve as a commissioner if that person (i) has been convicted of a felony or a crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude, (ii) is, or was within the preceding 12 months, engaged in activities that require registration under the Lobbyist Registration Act, (iii) is a relative of the appointing authority, or (iv) is a State officer or employee other than a member of the General Assembly.
    (d) The Legislative Ethics Commission shall have jurisdiction over members of the General Assembly and all State employees whose ultimate jurisdictional authority is (i) a legislative leader, (ii) the Senate Operations Commission, or (iii) the Joint Committee on Legislative Support Services. The jurisdiction of the Commission is limited to matters arising under this Act.
    An officer or executive branch State employee serving on a legislative branch board or commission remains subject to the jurisdiction of the Executive Ethics Commission and is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Legislative Ethics Commission.
    (e) The Legislative Ethics Commission must meet, either in person or by other technological means, monthly or as often as necessary. At the first meeting of the Legislative Ethics Commission, the commissioners shall choose from their number a chairperson and other officers that they deem appropriate. The terms of officers shall be for 2 years commencing July 1 and running through June 30 of the second following year. Meetings shall be held at the call of the chairperson or any 3 commissioners. Official action by the Commission shall require the affirmative vote of 5 commissioners, and a quorum shall consist of 5 commissioners. Commissioners shall receive no compensation but may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties.
    (f) No commissioner, other than a commissioner who is a member of the General Assembly, or employee of the Legislative Ethics Commission may during his or her term of appointment or employment:
        (1) become a candidate for any elective office;
        (2) hold any other elected or appointed public office
    
except for appointments on governmental advisory boards or study commissions or as otherwise expressly authorized by law;
        (3) be actively involved in the affairs of any
    
political party or political organization; or
        (4) advocate for the appointment of another person to
    
an appointed or elected office or position or actively participate in any campaign for any elective office.
    (g) An appointing authority may remove a commissioner only for cause.
    (h) The Legislative Ethics Commission shall appoint an Executive Director subject to the approval of at least 3 of the 4 legislative leaders. The compensation of the Executive Director shall be as determined by the Commission. The Executive Director of the Legislative Ethics Commission may employ, subject to the approval of at least 3 of the 4 legislative leaders, and determine the compensation of staff, as appropriations permit.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

5 ILCS 430/25-10

    (5 ILCS 430/25-10)
    Sec. 25-10. Office of Legislative Inspector General.
    (a) The independent Office of the Legislative Inspector General is created. The Office shall be under the direction and supervision of the Legislative Inspector General and shall be a fully independent office with its own appropriation.
    (b) The Legislative Inspector General shall be appointed without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability. The Legislative Ethics Commission shall diligently search out qualified candidates for Legislative Inspector General and shall make recommendations to the General Assembly.
    The Legislative Inspector General shall be appointed by a joint resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives, which may specify the date on which the appointment takes effect. A joint resolution, or other document as may be specified by the Joint Rules of the General Assembly, appointing the Legislative Inspector General must be certified by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate as having been adopted by the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the members elected to each house, respectively, and be filed with the Secretary of State. The appointment of the Legislative Inspector General takes effect on the day the appointment is completed by the General Assembly, unless the appointment specifies a later date on which it is to become effective.
    The Legislative Inspector General shall have the following qualifications:
        (1) has not been convicted of any felony under the
    
laws of this State, another state, or the United States;
        (2) has earned a baccalaureate degree from an
    
institution of higher education; and
        (3) has 5 or more years of cumulative service (A)
    
with a federal, State, or local law enforcement agency, at least 2 years of which have been in a progressive investigatory capacity; (B) as a federal, State, or local prosecutor; (C) as a senior manager or executive of a federal, State, or local agency; (D) as a member, an officer, or a State or federal judge; or (E) representing any combination of (A) through (D).
    The Legislative Inspector General may not be a relative of a commissioner.
    The term of the initial Legislative Inspector General shall commence upon qualification and shall run through June 30, 2008.
    After the initial term, the Legislative Inspector General shall serve for 5-year terms commencing on July 1 of the year of appointment and running through June 30 of the fifth following year. The Legislative Inspector General may be reappointed to one or more subsequent terms.
    A vacancy occurring other than at the end of a term shall be filled in the same manner as an appointment only for the balance of the term of the Legislative Inspector General whose office is vacant. If the Office is vacant, or if a Legislative Inspector General resigns, the Commission shall designate an Acting Legislative Inspector General who shall serve until the vacancy is filled. The Commission shall file the designation in writing with the Secretary of State.
    Terms shall run regardless of whether the position is filled.
    (c) The Legislative Inspector General shall have jurisdiction over the members of the General Assembly and all State employees whose ultimate jurisdictional authority is (i) a legislative leader, (ii) the Senate Operations Commission, or (iii) the Joint Committee on Legislative Support Services.
    The jurisdiction of each Legislative Inspector General is to investigate allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, nonfeasance, misfeasance, malfeasance, or violations of this Act or violations of other related laws and rules.
    (d) The compensation of the Legislative Inspector General shall be the greater of an amount (i) determined by the Commission or (ii) by joint resolution of the General Assembly passed by a majority of members elected in each chamber. Subject to Section 25-45 of this Act, the Legislative Inspector General has full authority to organize the Office of the Legislative Inspector General, including the employment and determination of the compensation of staff, such as deputies, assistants, and other employees, as appropriations permit. Employment of staff is subject to the approval of at least 3 of the 4 legislative leaders.
    (e) No Legislative Inspector General or employee of the Office of the Legislative Inspector General may, during his or her term of appointment or employment:
        (1) become a candidate for any elective office;
        (2) hold any other elected or appointed public office
    
except for appointments on governmental advisory boards or study commissions or as otherwise expressly authorized by law;
        (3) be actively involved in the affairs of any
    
political party or political organization; or
        (4) actively participate in any campaign for any
    
elective office.
    In this subsection an appointed public office means a position authorized by law that is filled by an appointing authority as provided by law and does not include employment by hiring in the ordinary course of business.
    (e-1) No Legislative Inspector General or employee of the Office of the Legislative Inspector General may, for one year after the termination of his or her appointment or employment:
        (1) become a candidate for any elective office;
        (2) hold any elected public office; or
        (3) hold any appointed State, county, or local
    
judicial office.
    (e-2) The requirements of item (3) of subsection (e-1) may be waived by the Legislative Ethics Commission.
    (f) The Commission may remove the Legislative Inspector General only for cause. At the time of the removal, the Commission must report to the General Assembly the justification for the removal.
(Source: P.A. 98-631, eff. 5-29-14.)

5 ILCS 430/25-15

    (5 ILCS 430/25-15)
    Sec. 25-15. Duties of the Legislative Ethics Commission. In addition to duties otherwise assigned by law, the Legislative Ethics Commission shall have the following duties:
        (1) To promulgate rules governing the performance of
    
its duties and the exercise of its powers and governing the investigations of the Legislative Inspector General.
        (2) To conduct administrative hearings and rule on
    
matters brought before the Commission only upon the receipt of pleadings filed by the Legislative Inspector General and not upon its own prerogative, but may appoint special Legislative Inspectors General as provided in Section 25-21. Any other allegations of misconduct received by the Commission from a person other than the Legislative Inspector General shall be referred to the Office of the Legislative Inspector General.
        (3) To prepare and publish manuals and guides and,
    
working with the Office of the Attorney General, oversee training of employees under its jurisdiction that explains their duties.
        (4) To prepare public information materials to
    
facilitate compliance, implementation, and enforcement of this Act.
        (5) To submit reports as required by this Act.
        (6) To the extent authorized by this Act, to make
    
rulings, issue recommendations, and impose administrative fines, if appropriate, in connection with the implementation and interpretation of this Act. The powers and duties of the Commission are limited to matters clearly within the purview of this Act.
        (7) To issue subpoenas with respect to matters
    
pending before the Commission, subject to the provisions of this Article and in the discretion of the Commission, to compel the attendance of witnesses for purposes of testimony and the production of documents and other items for inspection and copying.
        (8) To appoint special Legislative Inspectors General
    
as provided in Section 25-21.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-20

    (5 ILCS 430/25-20)
    Sec. 25-20. Duties of the Legislative Inspector General. In addition to duties otherwise assigned by law, the Legislative Inspector General shall have the following duties:
        (1) To receive and investigate allegations of
    
violations of this Act. An investigation may not be initiated more than one year after the most recent act of the alleged violation or of a series of alleged violations except where there is reasonable cause to believe that fraudulent concealment has occurred. To constitute fraudulent concealment sufficient to toll this limitations period, there must be an affirmative act or representation calculated to prevent discovery of the fact that a violation has occurred. The Legislative Inspector General shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate means of investigation as permitted by law.
        (2) To request information relating to an
    
investigation from any person when the Legislative Inspector General deems that information necessary in conducting an investigation.
        (3) To issue subpoenas, with the advance approval of
    
the Commission, to compel the attendance of witnesses for the purposes of testimony and production of documents and other items for inspection and copying and to make service of those subpoenas and subpoenas issued under item (7) of Section 25-15.
        (4) To submit reports as required by this Act.
        (5) To file pleadings in the name of the Legislative
    
Inspector General with the Legislative Ethics Commission, through the Attorney General, as provided in this Article if the Attorney General finds that reasonable cause exists to believe that a violation has occurred.
        (6) To assist and coordinate the ethics officers for
    
State agencies under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Inspector General and to work with those ethics officers.
        (7) To participate in or conduct, when appropriate,
    
multi-jurisdictional investigations.
        (8) To request, as the Legislative Inspector General
    
deems appropriate, from ethics officers of State agencies under his or her jurisdiction, reports or information on (i) the content of a State agency's ethics training program and (ii) the percentage of new officers and employees who have completed ethics training.
        (9) To establish a policy that ensures the
    
appropriate handling and correct recording of all investigations of allegations and to ensure that the policy is accessible via the Internet in order that those seeking to report those allegations are familiar with the process and that the subjects of those allegations are treated fairly.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

5 ILCS 430/25-20a

    (5 ILCS 430/25-20a)
    Sec. 25-20a. Attorney General investigatory authority. In addition to investigatory authority otherwise granted by law, the Attorney General shall have the authority to investigate violations of this Act pursuant to Section 25-50 or Section 25-51 of this Act after receipt of notice from the Legislative Ethics Commission or pursuant to Section 5-45. The Attorney General shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate means of investigation as permitted by law, including (i) the request of information relating to an investigation from any person when the Attorney General deems that information necessary in conducting an investigation; and (ii) the issuance of subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses for the purposes of sworn testimony and production of documents and other items for inspection and copying and the service of those subpoenas.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed as granting the Attorney General the authority to investigate alleged misconduct pursuant to notice received under Section 5-45, Section 25-50, or Section 25-51 of this Act, if the information contained in the notice indicates that the alleged misconduct was minor in nature. As used in this Section, misconduct that is "minor in nature" means misconduct that was a violation of office, agency, or department policy and not of this Act or any other civil or criminal law.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

5 ILCS 430/25-21

    (5 ILCS 430/25-21)
    Sec. 25-21. Special Legislative Inspectors General.
    (a) The Legislative Ethics Commission, on its own initiative and by majority vote, may appoint special Legislative Inspectors General (i) to investigate alleged violations of this Act, if an investigation by the Inspector General was not concluded within 6 months after its initiation, where the Commission finds that the Inspector General's reasons under Section 25-65 for failing to complete the investigation are insufficient and (ii) to accept referrals from the Commission of allegations made pursuant to this Act concerning the Legislative Inspector General or an employee of the Office of the Legislative Inspector General and to investigate those allegations.
    (b) A special Legislative Inspector General must have the same qualifications as the Legislative Inspector General appointed under Section 25-10.
    (c) The Commission's appointment of a special Legislative Inspector General must be in writing and must specify the duration and purpose of the appointment.
    (d) A special Legislative Inspector General shall have the same powers and duties with respect to the purpose of his or her appointment as the Legislative Inspector General appointed under Section 25-10.
    (e) A special Legislative Inspector General shall report the findings of his or her investigation to the Commission.
    (f) The Commission may report the findings of a special Legislative Inspector General and its recommendations, if any, to the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-23

    (5 ILCS 430/25-23)
    Sec. 25-23. Ethics Officers. The President and Minority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint an ethics officer for the members and employees of his or her legislative caucus. No later than January 1, 2004, the head of each State agency under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Ethics Commission, other than the General Assembly, shall designate an ethics officer for the State agency. Ethics Officers shall:
        (1) act as liaisons between the State agency and the
    
Legislative Inspector General and between the State agency and the Legislative Ethics Commission;
        (2) review statements of economic interest and
    
disclosure forms of officers, senior employees, and contract monitors before they are filed with the Secretary of State; and
        (3) provide guidance to officers and employees in the
    
interpretation and implementation of this Act, which the officer or employee may in good faith rely upon. Such guidance shall be based, wherever possible, upon legal precedent in court decisions, opinions of the Attorney General, and the findings and opinions of the Legislative Ethics Commission.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-35

    (5 ILCS 430/25-35)
    Sec. 25-35. Administrative subpoena; compliance. A person duly subpoenaed for testimony, documents, or other items who neglects or refuses to testify or produce documents or other items under the requirements of the subpoena shall be subject to punishment as may be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this Section limits or alters a person's existing rights or protections under State or federal law.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-45

    (5 ILCS 430/25-45)
    Sec. 25-45. Standing; representation.
    (a) Only the Legislative Inspector General may bring actions before the Legislative Ethics Commission.
    (b) The Attorney General shall represent the Legislative Inspector General in all proceedings before the Commission. Whenever the Attorney General is sick or absent, or unable to attend, or is interested in any matter or proceeding under this Act, upon the filing of a petition under seal by any person with standing, the Supreme Court (or any other court of competent jurisdiction as designated and determined by rule of the Supreme Court) may appoint some competent attorney to prosecute or defend that matter or proceeding, and the attorney so appointed shall have the same power and authority in relation to that matter or proceeding as the Attorney General would have had if present and attending to the same.
    (c) Attorneys representing an Inspector General in proceedings before the Legislative Ethics Commission, except an attorney appointed under subsection (b), shall be appointed or retained by the Attorney General, shall be under the supervision, direction, and control of the Attorney General, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Attorney General. The compensation of any attorneys appointed or retained in accordance with this subsection or subsection (b) shall be paid by the Office of the Legislative Inspector General.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-50

    (5 ILCS 430/25-50)
    Sec. 25-50. Investigation reports.
    (a) If the Legislative Inspector General, upon the conclusion of an investigation, determines that reasonable cause exists to believe that a violation has occurred, then the Legislative Inspector General shall issue a summary report of the investigation. The report shall be delivered to the appropriate ultimate jurisdictional authority and to the head of each State agency affected by or involved in the investigation, if appropriate. The appropriate ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head shall respond to the summary report within 20 days, in writing, to the Legislative Inspector General. The response shall include a description of any corrective or disciplinary action to be imposed.
    (b) The summary report of the investigation shall include the following:
        (1) A description of any allegations or other
    
information received by the Legislative Inspector General pertinent to the investigation.
        (2) A description of any alleged misconduct
    
discovered in the course of the investigation.
        (3) Recommendations for any corrective or
    
disciplinary action to be taken in response to any alleged misconduct described in the report, including but not limited to discharge.
        (4) Other information the Legislative Inspector
    
General deems relevant to the investigation or resulting recommendations.
    (c) Within 30 days after receiving a response from the appropriate ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head under subsection (a), the Legislative Inspector General shall notify the Commission and the Attorney General if the Legislative Inspector General believes that a complaint should be filed with the Commission. If the Legislative Inspector General desires to file a complaint with the Commission, the Legislative Inspector General shall submit the summary report and supporting documents to the Attorney General. If the Attorney General concludes that there is insufficient evidence that a violation has occurred, the Attorney General shall notify the Legislative Inspector General and the Legislative Inspector General shall deliver to the Legislative Ethics Commission a copy of the summary report and response from the ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head. If the Attorney General determines that reasonable cause exists to believe that a violation has occurred, then the Legislative Inspector General, represented by the Attorney General, may file with the Legislative Ethics Commission a complaint. The complaint shall set forth the alleged violation and the grounds that exist to support the complaint. The complaint must be filed with the Commission within 18 months after the most recent act of the alleged violation or of a series of alleged violations except where there is reasonable cause to believe that fraudulent concealment has occurred. To constitute fraudulent concealment sufficient to toll this limitations period, there must be an affirmative act or representation calculated to prevent discovery of the fact that a violation has occurred. If a complaint is not filed with the Commission within 6 months after notice by the Inspector General to the Commission and the Attorney General, then the Commission may set a meeting of the Commission at which the Attorney General shall appear and provide a status report to the Commission.
    (c-5) Within 30 days after receiving a response from the appropriate ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head under subsection (a), if the Legislative Inspector General does not believe that a complaint should be filed, the Legislative Inspector General shall deliver to the Legislative Ethics Commission a statement setting forth the basis for the decision not to file a complaint and a copy of the summary report and response from the ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head. The Inspector General may also submit a redacted version of the summary report and response from the ultimate jurisdictional authority if the Inspector General believes either contains information that, in the opinion of the Inspector General, should be redacted prior to releasing the report, may interfere with an ongoing investigation, or identifies an informant or complainant.
    (c-10) If, after reviewing the documents, the Commission believes that further investigation is warranted, the Commission may request that the Legislative Inspector General provide additional information or conduct further investigation. The Commission may also refer the summary report and response from the ultimate jurisdictional authority to the Attorney General for further investigation or review. If the Commission requests the Attorney General to investigate or review, the Commission must notify the Attorney General and the Legislative Inspector General. The Attorney General may not begin an investigation or review until receipt of notice from the Commission. If, after review, the Attorney General determines that reasonable cause exists to believe that a violation has occurred, then the Attorney General may file a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission. If the Attorney General concludes that there is insufficient evidence that a violation has occurred, the Attorney General shall notify the Legislative Ethics Commission and the appropriate Legislative Inspector General.
    (d) A copy of the complaint filed with the Legislative Ethics Commission must be served on all respondents named in the complaint and on each respondent's ultimate jurisdictional authority in the same manner as process is served under the Code of Civil Procedure.
    (e) A respondent may file objections to the complaint within 30 days after notice of the petition has been served on the respondent.
    (f) The Commission shall meet, at least 30 days after the complaint is served on all respondents either in person or by telephone, in a closed session to review the sufficiency of the complaint. The Commission shall issue notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the Legislative Inspector General, the Attorney General, and all respondents of the Commission's ruling on the sufficiency of the complaint. If the complaint is deemed to sufficiently allege a violation of this Act, then the Commission shall include a hearing date scheduled within 4 weeks after the date of the notice, unless all of the parties consent to a later date. If the complaint is deemed not to sufficiently allege a violation, then the Commission shall send by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notice to the Legislative Inspector General, the Attorney General, and all respondents the decision to dismiss the complaint.
    (g) On the scheduled date the Commission shall conduct a closed meeting, either in person or, if the parties consent, by telephone, on the complaint and allow all parties the opportunity to present testimony and evidence. All such proceedings shall be transcribed.
    (h) Within an appropriate time limit set by rules of the Legislative Ethics Commission, the Commission shall (i) dismiss the complaint, (ii) issue a recommendation of discipline to the respondent and the respondent's ultimate jurisdictional authority, (iii) impose an administrative fine upon the respondent, (iv) issue injunctive relief as described in Section 50-10, or (v) impose a combination of (ii) through (iv).
    (i) The proceedings on any complaint filed with the Commission shall be conducted pursuant to rules promulgated by the Commission.
    (j) The Commission may designate hearing officers to conduct proceedings as determined by rule of the Commission.
    (k) In all proceedings before the Commission, the standard of proof is by a preponderance of the evidence.
    (l) Within 30 days after the issuance of a final administrative decision that concludes that a violation occurred, the Legislative Ethics Commission shall make public the entire record of proceedings before the Commission, the decision, any recommendation, any discipline imposed, and the response from the agency head or ultimate jurisdictional authority to the Legislative Ethics Commission.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

5 ILCS 430/25-51

    (5 ILCS 430/25-51)
    Sec. 25-51. Closed investigations. When the Legislative Inspector General concludes that there is insufficient evidence that a violation has occurred, the Inspector General shall close the investigation. The Legislative Inspector General shall provide the Commission with a written statement of the decision to close the investigation. At the request of the subject of the investigation, the Legislative Inspector General shall provide a written statement to the subject of the investigation of the Inspector General's decision to close the investigation. Closure by the Legislative Inspector General does not bar the Inspector General from resuming the investigation if circumstances warrant. The Commission also has the discretion to request that the Legislative Inspector General conduct further investigation of any matter closed pursuant to this Section, or to refer the allegations to the Attorney General for further review or investigation. If the Commission requests the Attorney General to investigate or review, the Commission must notify the Attorney General and the Inspector General. The Attorney General may not begin an investigation or review until receipt of notice from the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

5 ILCS 430/25-52

    (5 ILCS 430/25-52)
    Sec. 25-52. Release of summary reports.
    (a) Within 60 days after receipt of a summary report and response from the ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head that resulted in a suspension of at least 3 days or termination of employment, the Legislative Ethics Commission shall make available to the public the report and response or a redacted version of the report and response. The Legislative Ethics Commission may make available to the public any other summary report and response of the ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head or a redacted version of the report and response.
    (b) The Legislative Ethics Commission shall redact information in the summary report that may reveal the identity of witnesses, complainants, or informants or if the Commission determines it is appropriate to protect the identity of a person before publication. The Commission may also redact any information it believes should not be made public. Prior to publication, the Commission shall permit the respondents, Legislative Inspector General, and Attorney General to review documents to be made public and offer suggestions for redaction or provide a response that shall be made public with the summary report.
    (c) The Legislative Ethics Commission may withhold publication of the report or response if the Legislative Inspector General or Attorney General certifies that publication will interfere with an ongoing investigation.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

5 ILCS 430/25-55

    (5 ILCS 430/25-55)
    Sec. 25-55. Decisions; recommendations.
    (a) All decisions of the Legislative Ethics Commission must include a description of the alleged misconduct, the decision of the Commission, including any fines levied and any recommendation of discipline, and the reasoning for that decision. All decisions of the Commission shall be delivered to the head of the appropriate State agency, the appropriate ultimate jurisdictional authority, and the Legislative Inspector General. The Legislative Ethics Commission shall promulgate rules for the decision and recommendation process.
    (b) If the Legislative Ethics Commission issues a recommendation of discipline to an agency head or ultimate jurisdictional authority, that agency head or ultimate jurisdictional authority must respond to that recommendation in 30 days with a written response to the Legislative Ethics Commission. This response must include any disciplinary action the agency head or ultimate jurisdictional authority has taken with respect to the officer or employee in question. If the agency head or ultimate jurisdictional authority did not take any disciplinary action, or took a different disciplinary action than that recommended by the Legislative Ethics Commission, the agency head or ultimate jurisdictional authority must describe the different action and explain the reasons for the different action in the written response. This response must be served upon the Legislative Ethics Commission and the Legislative Inspector General within the 30-day period and is not exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-60

    (5 ILCS 430/25-60)
    Sec. 25-60. Appeals. A decision of the Legislative Ethics Commission to impose a fine is subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law. All other decisions by the Legislative Ethics Commission are final and not subject to review either administratively or judicially.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-65

    (5 ILCS 430/25-65)
    Sec. 25-65. Reporting of investigations.
    (a) The Legislative Inspector General shall file a quarterly activity report with the Legislative Ethics Commission that reflects investigative activity during the previous quarter. The Legislative Ethics Commission shall establish the reporting dates. The activity report shall include at least the following:
        (1) A summary of any investigation opened during the
    
preceding quarter, the affected office, agency or agencies, the investigation's unique tracking number, and a brief statement of the general nature of the allegation or allegations.
        (2) A summary of any investigation closed during the
    
preceding quarter, the affected office, agency or agencies, the investigation's unique tracking number, and a brief statement of the general nature of the allegation or allegations.
        (3) The status of an ongoing investigation that
    
remained open at the end of the quarter, the affected office, agency or agencies, the investigation's unique tracking number, and a brief statement of the general nature of the investigation.
    (b) If any investigation is not concluded within 6 months after its initiation, the Legislative Inspector General shall file a 6-month report with the Legislative Ethics Commission no later than 10 days after the 6th month. The 6-month report shall disclose:
        (1) The general nature of the allegation or
    
information giving rise to the investigation, the title or job duties of the subjects of the investigation, and the investigation's unique tracking number.
        (2) The date of the last alleged violation of this
    
Act or other State law giving rise to the investigation.
        (3) Whether the Legislative Inspector General has
    
found credible the allegations of criminal conduct.
        (4) Whether the allegation has been referred to an
    
appropriate law enforcement agency and the identity of the law enforcement agency to which those allegations were referred.
        (5) If an allegation has not been referred to an
    
appropriate law enforcement agency, the reasons for the failure to complete the investigation within 6 months, a summary of the investigative steps taken, additional investigative steps contemplated at the time of the report, and an estimate of additional time necessary to complete the investigation.
        (6) Any other information deemed necessary by the
    
Legislative Ethics Commission in determining whether to appoint a Special Inspector General.
    (c) If the Legislative Inspector General has referred an allegation to an appropriate law enforcement agency and continues to investigate the matter, the future reporting requirements of this Section are suspended.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

5 ILCS 430/25-70

    (5 ILCS 430/25-70)
    Sec. 25-70. Cooperation in investigations. It is the duty of every officer and employee under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Inspector General, including any inspector general serving in any State agency under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Inspector General, to cooperate with the Legislative Inspector General in any investigation undertaken pursuant to this Act. Failure to cooperate with an investigation of the Legislative Inspector General is grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal. Nothing in this Section limits or alters a person's existing rights or privileges under State or federal law.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-80

    (5 ILCS 430/25-80)
    Sec. 25-80. Referrals of investigations. If the Legislative Inspector General determines that any alleged misconduct involves any person not subject to the jurisdiction of the Legislative Ethics Commission, the Legislative Inspector General shall refer the reported allegations to the appropriate ethics commission or other appropriate body. If the Legislative Inspector General determines that any alleged misconduct may give rise to criminal penalties, the Legislative Inspector General may refer the allegations regarding that misconduct to the appropriate law enforcement authority.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-85

    (5 ILCS 430/25-85)
    Sec. 25-85. Quarterly reports by the Legislative Inspector General. The Legislative Inspector General shall submit quarterly reports to the General Assembly and the Legislative Ethics Commission, on dates determined by the Legislative Ethics Commission, indicating:
        (1) the number of allegations received since the date
    
of the last report;
        (2) the number of investigations initiated since the
    
date of the last report;
        (3) the number of investigations concluded since the
    
date of the last report;
        (4) the number of investigations pending as of the
    
reporting date;
        (5) the number of complaints forwarded to the
    
Attorney General since the date of the last report; and
        (6) the number of actions filed with the Legislative
    
Ethics Commission since the date of the last report and the number of actions pending before the Legislative Ethics Commission as of the reporting date.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 430/25-86

    (5 ILCS 430/25-86)
    Sec. 25-86. Quarterly reports by the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall submit quarterly reports to the Legislative Ethics Commission, on dates determined by the Legislative Ethics Commission, indicating:
        (1) the number of complaints received from the
    
Legislative Inspector General since the date of the last report;
        (2) the number of complaints for which the Attorney
    
General has determined reasonable cause exists to believe that a violation has occurred since the date of the last report; and
        (3) the number of complaints still under review by
    
the Attorney General.
(Source: P.A. 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)