Chicago Posts Lobbyists' Earnings Online

The highest-paid lobbyist earned almost $1 million from about 18 companies

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Friday, Jun 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:50 AM CDT
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Chicago Posts Lobbyists' Earnings Online

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Chicago is shining a digital spotlight on the lobbyists working to influence City Hall.

The city posted the compensation records of registered lobbyists on the city's data portal. Click here to see who represents whom and how much he or she made.

Lobbyists, who try to persuade aldermen or city agencies, must register with the Board of Ethics and submit reports twice a year. Anyone can submit a written request for the information under Illinois' public records law. Now, all the information will appear online. 

"I am committed to changing the way City government does business," Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. "Public service is about the people of Chicago; it's not about personal gain."

The highest-paid lobbyist was Theodore Brunsvold, the son of a late downstate lawmaker. Brunsvold represents around 18 companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Dish Network and Allstate Insurance. He earned $978,000.

Some firms with very recognizable political names also made the list. 

Daley and George LLP is the law firm led by former Mayor Richard Daley's brother, Michael, and Daley's former law partner. The firm, Chico and Nunes, where former mayoral candidate Gery Chico is partner, also showed up in the report.

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