McHenry County’s rewritten ethics ordinance could go before the County Board by April, board Chairman Jack Franks said in a statement.
The new ordinance would allow municipalities in McHenry County to opt in and adopt the ordinance, too, which would allow those governments to use the county-established Ethics Commission to hear and make judgments on complaints.
Most McHenry County municipalities have not established ethics commissions, records show. After McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett said he mistakenly sent a political email from his city account in February, he said the city would consider using the county’s Ethics Commission.
New provisions in the ordinance build on existing state-mandated bans on things such as engaging in prohibited political activity and accepting gifts from prohibited sources, Franks said.
“While I believe most county officials act with unimpeachable integrity, this ordinance lets the people we represent know how seriously we take upholding the public trust,” Franks said in a statement. “I want to thank [McHenry County State’s Attorney] Patrick Kenneally and county staff for helping craft an ethics ordinance that I believe will become the gold standard for governments throughout Illinois.”