Statement of David Morrison, Deputy Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform on the launch of the Cook County "Lobbyist on Line" Information Website
July 27, 2010
Paid, professional lobbyists are seeking to influence Cook County's multi-billion dollar budget and the allocation of taxpayer resources. This website is a model that other units of government should look to as an example of how to reveal the work of lobbyists. The curtain is pulled back, and the public can see it all -- the good, the bad, and the mundane.
With this website, Cook County is taking a great leap forward in revealing the work of lobbyists. The public is best served with more, up-to-date, detailed information about how their government works, and this website shows how to let the public know who's being paid how much to lobby which government officials on what issues.
We commend Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and the whole Cook County Board, for requiring this level of lobbyist disclosure, and Cook County Clerk David Orr for making available the information in such a user-friendly, accessible format.
The County's statement is here.