The “Revolving Door” prohibition within the State Officials and Employees Act (5 ILCS 430/5-45) prohibits certain State employees (or their spouse or immediate family member) from accepting employment or compensation from a non-State employer for one year from the date of separation, if the State employee awarded contracts of $25,000 or more, or made regulatory/licensing decisions.
Section 5-45(a), (b), and (h) impose restrictions on the ability of certain State employees who leave public service to accept, fees, compensation or an employment opportunity from a perspective employer for one year after their termination of State service:
The Revolving Door prohibition requires University employees identified as “C-List” employee to notify the Office of Executive Inspector General (OEIG) and complete necessary forms, when they or anyone in their immediate family living within their household, are offered employment or compensation from a non-State employer so that the OEIG can determine if accepting the employment or compensation is prohibited by law.
There is no exception or determination process for “H-List” employees, due to the nature of their positions; they are strictly prohibited from revolving door employment.
See the Office of Executive Inspector General – Revolving Door website for additional information and appropriate forms.
The University Ethics Office maintains a listing, which is also provided to the State of Illinois, that includes the names of those individuals subject to the revolving door prohibition. University employees are notified annually by the University Ethics Office that they have been identified and provided to the State. These employees receive a notice and are required to acknowledge their receipt of the revolving door provisions.
Further, the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-30; Revolving Door Prohibition) places a further two year prohibition on chief procurement officers, State purchasing officers, or their designees whose principal duties are directly related to State procurement.
As of February 15, 2015, per Ill. Exec. Order No. 15-09 (Jan. 13, 2015), no State employee or appointee can negotiate for employment or compensation with any lobbyist or lobbying entity for their agency of current employment. If an employee terminates their employment with a State agency, the prohibition expands to prohibit lobbying for any State agency, not just specifically the agency where they were employed during the previous year. As such, for one year following employment with a State agency in Illinois, an individual may not accept compensation as a lobbyist for any state agency in Illinois. This prohibition does not apply to students whose employment is directly associated with their enrollment (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students, or teaching assistants).
If an employee is found to be in violation of the revolving door prohibitions, a fine of up to three times the total compensation that would have been obtained may be levied.
If you have additional questions, contact the University Ethics Officer at 438-2339 or firstname.lastname@example.org