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Lines Blur When Lobbyists Invest in Industries They Represent

December 26, 2013
Wall Street Journal

Many Washington Insiders Hold Investments That Overlap Responsibilities

By Brody Mullins, James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus

Carol Andress, a lobbyist at the Environmental Defense Fund, has met with top government officials advocating a clean-air approach likely to help natural-gas companies.

Ms. Andress also is an investor in stocks that could gain from such policies, which the Obama administration has largely adopted.

Former Ald. Shiller angling for job as aldermen’s financial analyst

December 13, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

Former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) is lobbying her former colleagues to become the new $130,000-a-year City Council Financial Analyst.

One day after the City Council created the $485,000-a-year office to provide expert advice on mayoral spending, programs and privatization, aldermen disclosed that Shiller was angling to run it.

Rep. Bobby Rush’s Englewood tech center dream dead, where did $1 million go?

December 13, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times

By SANDY BERGO AND CHUCK NEUBAUER Better Government Association

COMING SUNDAY: Rent, spending questions on campaign fund

2006: Bobby Rush's conflict with SBC/AT&T

In 2000, in the midst of a bruising but ultimately victorious Democratic primary battle against then-state Sen. Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) launched the Rebirth of Englewood Community Development Corp.

New Chamber CEO Mintle can't lobby till 2015

September 4, 2013
Crain's Chicago Business

Greg Hinz

When the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce tapped Theresa Mintle to be its new CEO this summer, the influential business group clearly opted for local connections rather than outside business experience.

After what was said to be a nationwide search,the chamber selected a political insider's political insider, a Bridgeport native who most recently worked as chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel after earlier stints at the Chicago Transit Authority, in Washington, and as a City Council aide. Given how this town works, perhaps that made sense.

Speed camera bidders picked heavyweight help in Chicago

December 23, 2012
Chicago Tribune

Xerox, ATS both undergoing monthlong test in competition for city contract

By David Kidwell, Chicago Tribune reporter

The two companies competing for the contract to run Mayor Rahm Emanuel's controversial speed camera program came prepared with teams of well-connected local lobbyists and consultants with long-standing ties to the elite circle of Chicago Democratic politics.

Highland Park to require lobbyists to register

February 13, 2012
Highland Park News
BY CHARLES BERMAN  

The Highland Park City Council unanimously approved a lobbyist registration ordinance Monday night to provide greater transparency in the city’s decision-mak