Lobbyists hired to influence Cook County government officials received nearly $980,000 in compensation during the last six months of 2005, according to figures released by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office.
The $979,770 paid to lobbyists represents a 46 percent increase from the $666,893 they received during the first six-month period of 2005, 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 Division of the Clerk’s office. County ordinances specify that individuals who lobby county officials must file a semi-annual expenditure report.
During the recent filing period, 50 lobbyists reported incurring expenses or making expenditures, receiving payment, or both incurring expenses and being compensated. Those lobbyists totaled $10,408 in expenses and expenditures (see attached lobbyist expense report), compared to $17,613 in the first half of 2005.
The county has 217 registered lobbyists.
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.