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City Council OKs overhaul of ethics board

October 31, 2012
the Sun-Times

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter October 31, 2012 11:18AM

Updated: October 31, 2012 12:17PM 

Chicago’s do-nothing Board of Ethics was swept aside Wednesday in a housecleaning aimed at restoring public confidence and preparing the board to assume a powerful new role: as judge and jury punishing violators of the city’s ethics ordinance.

Emanuel revamps City Hall ethics board

October 3, 2012
Chicago Tribune

By Hal Dardick Clout Street
10:12 a.m. CDT, October 3, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today dumped the entire board that oversees enforcement of ethics and campaign finance rules at City Hall, calling it “a new day for ethics and accountability in Chicago.”

During the quarter-century it has existed, the ethics board has been criticized as lax on enforcement.

Emanuel ethics reforms pass City Council panel

October 3, 2012
Chicago Tribune
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 th

Emanuel revamps City Hall ethics board

October 3, 2012
The Chicago Tribune

By Hal Dardick Clout Street
10:12 a.m. CDT, October 3, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today dumped the entire board that oversees enforcement of ethics and campaign finance rules at City Hall, calling it “a new day for ethics and accountability in Chicago.”

During the quarter-century it has existed, the ethics board has been criticized as lax on enforcement. The panel hasn't found a single case of wrongdoing by aldermen, even though more than 20 were convicted of felonies in that period.

City watchdog: Ethics panel ignores evidence of employee gifts

July 18, 2012
Chicago Tribune
By Hal Dardick
 

The evidence that three companies gave more than $3,500 in gifts to a city worker included thank-you ema

City watchdog uncovers minority-contracting fraud, other abuses

July 18, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter  


A minority- and woman-owned company that allegedly acted as a “pass-through&rdquo

Rahm Emanuel’s ethics overhaul sails through committee

July 18, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter 
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to overhaul Chicago’s anemic

Employee gift ban recommendation still has few takers

March 25, 2012
Chicago Tribune

Despite new CPS scandal, governments reluctant to establish
zero-tolerance policy

By Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune reporter

Concerned over a rash of ethics violations by city employees in 2010,
Inspector General Joseph Ferguson urged Mayor Richard M. Daley to
implement a citywide ban on gifts from businesses who contract with
the government.

The city's Board of Ethics quickly rejected the idea, saying that
while a zero-tolerance gift ban might make sense for some departments,

Chicago City Council watchdog to wait

April 14, 2010

By Hal Dardick and John Byrne, Tribune Reporters

Chicago aldermen put off a final vote Wednesday on a much-criticized measure that would result in the City Council hiring an internal watchdog who would need permission before launching investigations.

Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, said he doesn't see the point of creating more city bureaucracy in the form of a separate council inspector general, especially when the watchdog powers would be so weak.