Proposed Chicago ethics ordinance could help prevent City Hall corruption, BGA says

Proposed Chicago ethics ordinance could help prevent City Hall corruption, BGA says

CHICAGO (TOC) — A brand new ethics ordinance might assist combat corruption at Chicago’s Metropolis Corridor.

The deliberate ordinance was launched ultimately Wednesday’s Chicago Metropolis Council assembly by forty third Ward Ald. Michele Smith, the chair of the Committee on Ethics and Authorities Oversight.

If adopted, the ordinance would make substantial additions to the town’s ethics legal guidelines, together with a variety of modifications supported and really helpful by the Higher Authorities Affiliation.

It might enhance penalties to try to stop any form of corruption occurring in Metropolis Corridor, in response to Bryan Zarou, the BGA’s Director of Coverage.

“It might tighten up the foundations on patronage hires and nepotism,” Zarou stated. “It might additionally bar former alderman from appearing as lobbyist and lobbying on the town council flooring. Which we have seen some do.”

The BGA’s coverage workforce, which operates independently of its investigative newsroom, recommends passage of the invoice as a step ahead within the effort to boost ethics in metropolis authorities.

This is a vital step ahead for accountability and transparency,” stated Zarou. “At a time when a number of sitting members of Metropolis Council are below indictment, Ald. Smith deserves credit score for shifting the ball ahead on reform. We look ahead to this ordinance receiving a listening to within the Committee on Ethics, and we hope members of Metropolis Council will see the good thing about these much-needed reforms and advance a sturdy invoice to Metropolis Council for passage.”

You possibly can learn the complete ordinance and BGA article right here.

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