Lobbyists hired to influence Cook County government officials received $646,493 in compensation during the first six months of 2005, according to figures released by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office.
The amount paid to lobbyists represents a $407,571 decrease from the $1,054,064 they received during the last six-month period of 2004, documents submitted to the Clerk’s office show.
Any individual who receives payment for attempting to influence county government is required to register as a lobbyist with the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Department of the Clerk’s office. County ordinance requires that individuals who lobby county officials must file a semi-annual expenditure report.
During the recent filing period, 52 lobbyists reported incurring expenses or making expenditures, receiving payment, or both incurring expenses and being compensated. Those lobbyists totaled $17,314 in expenses and expenditures, compared to $13,879 in the last half of 2004.
The county has 212 registered lobbyists. Of those registered, 206 have filed their reports. Lobbyists who miss the deadline must file a late report and are subject to a $10-per-day penalty. Those who fail to comply after July 31 will face fines of up to $100 per day.
A list of all registered Cook County lobbyists is available in the Cook County Clerk’s office at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington St., 5th Floor, Chicago.