Emanuel ethics reforms pass City Council panel
October 3, 2012
By John Byrne and Hal Dardick
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to tighten up ethics rules for city employees advanced through a City Council committee Wednesday despite concerns by aldermen that the new rules could handcuff them as they try to deal with issues in their communities.
Rules Committee Chairman Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, acknowledged the new regulations — which govern the kinds of gifts employees and aldermen can accept, the financial interests they have to disclose to supervisors and the kinds of activities they can engage in, among other standards — might not prevent city workers from getting into an ethical bind.