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(A) Interest in city business.
(1) No official or employee shall have a financial interest in his or her own name or in the name of any other person in any contract, work or business of the city, or in the sale of any item whenever the expense, price, or consideration of the contract, work, business or sale is paid either from the city funds or pursuant to any law or ordinance. Money paid by the city to an official or employee as compensation for property taken pursuant to the city's eminent domain power shall not constitute a financial interest within the meaning of the city code of ethics.
Unless specifically authorized by ordinance, no official or employee shall have a financial interest in the purchase of any property that:
(a) Belongs to the city;
(b) Is sold for taxes or assessments; or
(c) Is sold by virtue of legal process at the suit of the city.
(2) The foregoing notwithstanding, this provision shall not prohibit an official or employee from having a financial interest in any contract, work or business of the city if such interest is permitted under Section 3.1-55-10 of the Illinois Municipal Code (ILCS Ch. 65, Act 5, § 3.1-55-10) or the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act (ILCS Ch. 50, Act 105, §§ 0.01 et seq.) as they may be amended from time to time.
(B) Employment of relatives; restrictions.
(1) No official or employee shall employ or advocate for employment in any agency over which that official or employee exercises jurisdiction or control any person:
(a) Who is a relative of that official or employee; or
(b) In exchange for or in consideration of the employment of any of that official's or employee's relatives by any other official or employee.
(2) Any person employed in violation of this section is not entitled to compensation, and money may not be paid from the city funds as compensation to an individual so employed.
(3) Nothing in this section shall preclude a family member of any official or employee from rendering services to the city on a volunteer, uncompensated basis; however such family member shall not be eligible for appointment to a city agency.
(C) Campaign contributions. Campaign contributions to any candidate for any elective city office shall be regulated by the campaign contribution limitation.
(D) Solicitation of contributions. No city official or employee shall compel, coerce, or intimidate any official or employee of the city into making, or refraining from making, any political contribution or into engaging in any form of political activity. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent any such official or employee from making such a contribution or form engaging in political activity voluntarily, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law.
(Ord. 16-033, passed 3-18-17)