Emanuel pushes for more ethical City Hall

April 30, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says City Hall ethics laws are in need of "a real scrubbing".

An ethics task force, appointed by Emanuel, announced recommendations Monday to increase transparency and accountability. Emanuel said he'll work with Ald. Will Burns, 4th, to make sure that report goes before the city council.

Emanuel admitted the city has a long history when it comes to ethics.

"I think our city, our public employees are not where we were, 30, 40, 50 years ago. I wouldn't be doing this if I thought we were perfect," Emanuel said.

The ethics committe made 34 recommendations, including whistleblower protections, capping gifts for city workers at $50 dollars per individual source, a "reverse revolving door" provision and swift punishment when abuse occurs.

The committee is made up of Cynthia Canary, Ald. Burns, Sergio Acosta and Dawn Clark Netch. Canary said they expect to have a second part of the report coming out in late July.

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