Posted 3 weeks ago

Legal Counsel – Board of Elections

Company: State of Illinois
Category: Legal

 Chicago

Type: Full Time

The State of Illinois seeks a Legal Counsel for the Board of Elections. Under supervision of the General Counsel, serves as Legal Counsel, assisting the General Counsel in the following areas:

  • Research, review, analysis, and drafting evaluation of relevant court decisions, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations, and other legal resources. Undertakes or assists with special projects as assigned by the General Counsel. 
  • Conducts research, review, and analysis of relevant court decisions, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations, and other legal resources. Drafts legal memoranda and other legal documents.  Undertakes or assists with special projects.
  • Confers with and advises division directors and staff members regarding legal issues. Converses with public officials, candidates, attorneys and other persons regarding election related issues and offers limited guidance on legal related questions. Drafts agency communications to election authorities, vendors, and other outside parties to assist with agency functions. Consults with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General regarding pending litigation involving the State Board of Elections.
  • Reviews Board publications for legal accuracy. Assists with drafting and updating agency policies and procedures and Illinois Administrative Code rules. Reviews proposed legislation. Assists with drafting and review of Board orders related to Campaign Disclosure matters. 
  • Serves as Ethics Officer or Deputy Ethics Officer, consulting on agency ethics matters, investigating OEIG complaints and facilitating mandated ethics and sexual harassment training at the Chicago office, attending trainings and staying knowledgeable on current ethics laws/mandates, being available for staff inquiries related to ethics issues.
  • Assists with state electoral board proceedings, including procedural rules for administrative hearings, records examinations, and preparation of recommended decisions and board orders. Assists with facilitation of administrative hearings and communicates regularly with board appointed hearing officers on legal matters.
  • Serves as hearing officer for Campaign Disclosure complaints.  Monitors Open Meetings Act compliance. Assists with review of documents for Freedom of Information Act responses as needed.