Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Division I - Definitions

For the pur­pos­es of this Arti­cle, the fol­low­ing terms shall be giv­en these definitions:

(A) “Cam­paign for Elec­tive Office” means any activ­i­ty in fur­ther­ance of an effort to influ­ence the selec­tion, nom­i­na­tion, elec­tion or appoint­ment of any indi­vid­ual to any fed­er­al, state or local pub­lic office or office in a polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion, or the selec­tion, nom­i­na­tion, or elec­tion of Pres­i­den­tial or Vice-Pres­i­­­den­­­tial elec­tors, but does not include activ­i­ties (1) relat­ing to the sup­port or oppo­si­tion of any exec­u­tive, leg­isla­tive, or admin­is­tra­tive action, (2) relat­ing to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing, or (3) that are oth­er­wise in fur­ther­ance of the person’s offi­cial duties.

(B) “Can­di­date” means a per­son who has filed nom­i­nat­ing papers or peti­tions for nom­i­na­tion or elec­tion to an elect­ed office, or who has been appoint­ed to fill a vacan­cy in nom­i­na­tion, and who remains eli­gi­ble for place­ment on the bal­lot at a reg­u­lar elec­tion, as defined in Sec­tion 1–3 of the Elec­tion Code (10 ILCS 5/1–3).

(C) “Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing” has the same mean­ing as that term is defined in Sec­tion 3 of the Illi­nois Pub­lic Labor Rela­tions Act (5 ILCS 315/3).

(D) “Com­pen­sat­ed Time” means, with respect to an employ­ee, any time worked by or cred­it­ed to the employ­ee that counts toward any min­i­mum work time require­ment imposed as a con­di­tion of his or her employ­ment, but for pur­pos­es of this Arti­cle, does not include any des­ig­nat­ed hol­i­days, vaca­tion peri­ods, per­son­al time, com­pen­sato­ry time off or any peri­od when the employ­ee is on a leave of absence.  With respect to offi­cers or employ­ees whose hours are not fixed, “com­pen­sat­ed time” includes any peri­od of time when the offi­cer is on premis­es under the con­trol of the employ­er and any oth­er time when the offi­cer or employ­ee is exe­cut­ing his or her offi­cial duties, regard­less of location.

(E) “Com­pen­sato­ry Time Off” means autho­rized time off earned by or award­ed to an employ­ee to com­pen­sate in whole or in part for time worked in excess of the min­i­mum work time required of that employ­ee as a con­di­tion of his or her employment.

(F) “Con­tri­bu­tion” has the same mean­ing as that term is defined in Sec­tion 9–1.4 of the Elec­tion Code (10 ILCS 5/9–1.4).

(G) “Employ­ee” means a per­son employed by the Union Coun­ty Gov­ern­ment, whether on a full-time or part-time basis or pur­suant to a con­tract, whose duties are sub­ject to the direc­tion and con­trol of an employ­er with regard to the mate­r­i­al details of how the work is to be per­formed, but does not include an inde­pen­dent contractor.

(H) “Employ­er” means the Union Coun­ty Government.

(I) “Gift” means any gra­tu­ity, dis­count, enter­tain­ment, hos­pi­tal­i­ty, loan, for­bear­ance, or oth­er tan­gi­ble or intan­gi­ble item hav­ing mon­e­tary val­ue includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, cash, food and drink, and hon­o­raria for speak­ing engage­ments relat­ed to or attrib­ut­able to gov­ern­ment employ­ment or the offi­cial posi­tion of an offi­cer or employee.

(J) “Leave of Absence” means any peri­od dur­ing which an employ­ee does not receive (1) com­pen­sa­tion for employ­ment, (2) ser­vice cred­it towards pen­sion ben­e­fits, and (3) health insur­ance ben­e­fits paid for by the employer.

(K) “Offi­cer” means a per­son who holds, by elec­tion or appoint­ment, an office cre­at­ed by statute or ordi­nance, regard­less of whether the offi­cer is com­pen­sat­ed for ser­vice in his or her offi­cial capacity.

(L) “Polit­i­cal Activ­i­ty” means any activ­i­ty in sup­port of or in con­nec­tion with any cam­paign for elec­tive office or any polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion, but does not include activ­i­ties (1) relat­ing to the sup­port or oppo­si­tion of any exec­u­tive, leg­isla­tive, or admin­is­tra­tive action, (2) relat­ing to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing, or (3) that are oth­er­wise in fur­ther­ance of the person’s offi­cial duties.

(M) “Polit­i­cal Orga­ni­za­tion” means a par­ty, com­mit­tee, asso­ci­a­tion, fund, or oth­er orga­ni­za­tion (whether or not incor­po­rat­ed) that is required to file a state­ment of orga­ni­za­tion with the State Board of Elec­tions or a coun­ty clerk under Sec­tion 9–3 of the Elec­tion Code (10 ILCS 5/9–3), but only with regard to those activ­i­ties that require fil­ing with the State Board of Elec­tions or a coun­ty clerk.

(N) “Pro­hib­it­ed Polit­i­cal Activ­i­ty” means:

  1. Prepar­ing for, orga­niz­ing, or par­tic­i­pat­ing in any polit­i­cal meet­ing, polit­i­cal ral­ly, polit­i­cal demon­stra­tion, or oth­er polit­i­cal event.
  2. Solic­it­ing con­tri­bu­tions, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to the pur­chase of, sell­ing, dis­trib­ut­ing, or receiv­ing pay­ment for tick­ets for any polit­i­cal fundrais­er, polit­i­cal meet­ing, or oth­er polit­i­cal event.
  3. Solic­it­ing, plan­ning the solic­i­ta­tion of, or prepar­ing any doc­u­ment or report regard­ing any­thing of val­ue intend­ed as a cam­paign contribution.
  4. Plan­ning, con­duct­ing, or par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pub­lic opin­ion poll in con­nec­tion with a cam­paign for elec­tive office or on behalf of a polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion for polit­i­cal pur­pos­es or for or against any ref­er­en­dum question.
  5. Sur­vey­ing or gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion from poten­tial or actu­al vot­ers in an elec­tion to deter­mine prob­a­ble vote out­come in con­nec­tion with a cam­paign for elec­tive office or on behalf of a polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion for polit­i­cal pur­pos­es or for or against any ref­er­en­dum question.
  6. Assist­ing at the polls on Elec­tion Day on behalf of any polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion or can­di­date for elec­tive office or for or against any ref­er­en­dum question.
  7. Solic­it­ing votes on behalf of a can­di­date for elec­tive office or a polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion or for or against any ref­er­en­dum ques­tion or help­ing in an effort to get vot­ers to the polls.
  8. Ini­ti­at­ing for cir­cu­la­tion, prepar­ing, cir­cu­lat­ing, review­ing, or fil­ing any peti­tion on behalf of a can­di­date for elec­tive office or for or against any ref­er­en­dum question.
  9. Mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions on behalf of any can­di­date for elec­tive office in that capac­i­ty or in con­nec­tion with a cam­paign for elec­tive office.
  10. Prepar­ing or review­ing respons­es to can­di­date questionnaires.
  11. Dis­trib­ut­ing, prepar­ing for dis­tri­b­u­tion, or mail­ing cam­paign lit­er­a­ture, cam­paign signs, or oth­er cam­paign mate­r­i­al on behalf of any can­di­date for elec­tive office or for or against any ref­er­en­dum question.
  12. Man­ag­ing or work­ing on a cam­paign for elec­tive office or for or against any ref­er­en­dum question.
  13. Serv­ing as a del­e­gate, alter­nate, or proxy to a polit­i­cal par­ty convention.
  14. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in any recount or chal­lenge to the out­come of any election.

(O) “Pro­hib­it­ed Source” means any per­son or enti­ty who:

  1. Is seek­ing offi­cial action (a) by an offi­cer or (b) by an employ­ee, or by the offi­cer or anoth­er employ­ee direct­ing that employee;
  2. Does busi­ness or seeks to do busi­ness (a) with the offi­cer or (b) with an employ­ee, or with the offi­cer or anoth­er employ­ee direct­ing that employee;
  3. Con­ducts activ­i­ties reg­u­lat­ed (a) by the offi­cer or (b) by an employ­ee, or by the offi­cer or anoth­er employ­ee direct­ing that employ­ee; or
  4. Has inter­ests that may be sub­stan­tial­ly affect­ed by the per­for­mance or non-per­­­for­­­mance of the offi­cial duties of the offi­cer or employ­ee.