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Cook County clerk says Ford Heights hasn’t turned in ethics compliance list

Updated: April 28, 2014 10:43AM



Cook County Clerk David Orr has asked a judge to force the Ford Heights clerk to hand over a list of the village’s officials and their economic interests, as mandated by state ethics laws.

The list is supposed to be submitted annually to the county clerk as part of the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, disclosing the sources of elected officials’ income, including any gifts they might have received, according to the state law.

Orr’s office first contacted Ford Heights officials in December, and county officials since have “made numerous attempts to contact (Ford Heights) via telephone, to no avail,” according to the complaint filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

At one point, a village employee who was reached by county officials said Ford Heights Clerk April Thompson would submit the list, but the village “continues to be noncompliant,” the complaint says.

A representative for the village of Ford Heights could not immediately be reached for comment.

Sun-Times Media Wire



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