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Public Act 097-0212

Public Act 097-0212

        AN ACT concerning government.

        Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

        Section 5. The Illinois Governmental Ethics Act is amended by changing Section 4A-108 as follows:

        (5 ILCS 420/4A-108)
        Sec. 4A-108. Internet-based systems of filing.
        (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or any other law, a county clerk is authorized to institute an internet-based
system for the filing of statements of economic interests in his or her office. The determination to institute such a system shall be in the sole
discretion of the county clerk and shall meet the requirements set out in this Section. When this Section does not modify or remove the requirements
set forth elsewhere in this Article, those requirements shall apply to any system of Internet-based filing authorized by this Section. When this
Section does modify or remove the requirements set forth elsewhere in this Article, the provisions of this Section shall apply to any system of
Internet-based filing authorized by this Section.
        (b) In any system of Internet-based filing of statements of economic interests instituted by a county clerk:
               (1) Any filing of an Internet-based statement of economic interests shall be the equivalent of the filing of a verified, written statement
        of economic interests as required by Section 4A-101 and the equivalent of the filing of a verified, dated, and signed statement of economic
        interests as required by Section 4A-104 4A-103.
               (2) A county clerk who institutes a system of Internet-based filing of statements of economic interests shall establish a password-protected
        website to receive the filing of such statements. A website established under this Section shall set forth and provide a means of responding to
        the items set forth in Section 4A-102 that are required of a person who files a statement of economic interests with that officer.
                (3) The times for the filing of statements of economic interests set forth in Section 4A-105 shall be followed in any system of Internet-based
        filing of statements of economic interests; provided that a candidate for elective office who is required to file a statement of economic interests in
        relation to his or her candidacy pursuant to Section 4A-105(a) shall not use the Internet to file his or her statement of economic interests but shall
        file his or her statement of economic interests in a written or printed form and shall receive a written or printed receipt for his or her filing.
                (4) Following the institution of a system of Internet-based filing of statements of economic interests by a county clerk, all
        persons required to file a statement of economic interests with that officer must do so through the system of Internet-based filing of statements of
        economic interests. As part of his or her system of Internet-based filing of statements of economic interests, a county clerk instituting such a system
        shall make provision for those persons who are required to file a statement of economic interests and who do not have access to the Internet. In the first
        year of the implementation of a system of Internet-based filing of statements of economic interests, each person required to file such a statements is to
        be notified in writing, by a notice deposited in the U.S. mail, properly addressed, first class postage prepaid, of his or her obligation to file his or her
        statement of economic interests and the option to file by way of the Internet-based system or by way of standardized form instituted for that purpose.
        If access to the website requires a code or password, this information shall be included in the notice prescribed by this paragraph.
                (5) When a person required to file a statement of economic interests has supplied a county clerk with an email address for the purpose of receiving
        notices under this Article by email, a notice sent by email to the supplied email address shall be equivalent of a notice sent by first class mail, as set
        forth in Section 4A-106. A person who has supplied such an email address shall notify the county clerk when his or her email address changes or if he or she
        no longer wishes to receive notices by email.
                (6) If any person who is required to file a statement of economic interests and who has chosen to receive notices by email fails to file his or her
        statement by May 10, then the county clerk shall send an additional email notice on that date, informing the person that he or she has not filed and
        describing the penalties for late filing and failing to file. This notice shall be in addition to other notices provided for in this Article.
                (7) Each county clerk who institutes a system of Internet-based filing of statements of economic interests may also institute an Internet-based
        process for the filing of the list of names and addresses of person required to file statements of economic interests by the chief administrator
        officers of units of local government that must file such information with that county clerk pursuant to Section 4A-106. Whenever a county clerk
        institutes such a system under this paragraph, every unit of local government must use the system to file this information.
                (8) Any county clerk who institutes a system of Internet-based filing of statements of economic interests shall post the contents of such
        statements filed with him or her available for inspection and copying on a publicly accessible website. Such postings shall not include the addresses
        of the filers.
(Source: P.A. 96-1336, eff. 1-1-11.)

       Section 99, Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.     Effective Date: 7/28/2011

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