Chicago’s New Lobbyist Registration Thresholds Take Effect July 1

Skadden Publication / Political Law Update

Ki P. Hong Charles M. Ricciardelli Matthew Bobys Melissa L. Miles Tyler Rosen Karina Bakhshi-Azar Aanchal Chugh Theodore R. Grodek Olivia N. Marshall Sam Rothbloom

On July 1, 2024, registration thresholds under the city of Chicago’s lobbying law take effect. Under the law, individuals will need to register for city lobbying communications if they:

  • are compensated or spend $1,250 or more, combined, for lobbying in a calendar quarter; or
  • spend more than 20 hours on lobbying in a calendar quarter

Time spent preparing for lobbying communications will not count toward these thresholds.

Under current law — and until July 1 — Chicago does not have such thresholds for lobbying registration.

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