The Illinois Ethics Act requires all public employees to file ethics statements with a local government agency. Since Cook County government pays Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon Neal’s salary and benefits, Neal files his ethics statements with the Cook County Clerk’s office. The Cook County ethics filing is called, “Statement of Economic Interest.”
From 2001 to 2011 Election Chairman Neal duly filed his required Statement of Economic Interest; however, Neal did not list his firm’s $100 million in no-bid contracts, nor his $11 million in lobbying compensation on any of his ethics statements. Sadly, Election Chairman Langdon Neal was in compliance with the Ethics Ordinance and law when he failed to disclose this income. Election Chairman Neal’s fellow machine officials made sure ethics statements revealed as little as information as possible.
Neal’s ethics filings show clearly that the Statement of Economic Interest document is nothing more than a sham to cover up corruption, not stop it. The requirement that government employees and officials file ethics statements is a ploy to make the public believe that the political machine that runs Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois is taking steps to end government corruption.
To view Election Chairman Neal’s 2000 to 2011 Statements of Economic Interest, click Chairman Neal’s 2000 to 2011 Ethics Statements.
Chairman Neal’s $11 Million in Government Lobbying Compensation