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The people v. the pawnshop

October 04, 2012
The Chicago Reader

How one vacant lot became a battleground between the politically powerful pawnshop industry and the outspoken residents of a middle-class Chicago neighborhood—and what that says about the future of development in the city

By Mick Dumke @mickeyd1971

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.

Emanuel whistleblower protections step closer to reality

October 2, 2012
Chicago Tribune

By Hal Dardick Clout Street
6:13 p.m. CDT, October 2, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to expand protections for regular folks who face retaliation for reporting city wrongdoing won praise as a concept but criticism for the details Tuesday.

Since it was first established in 2004, the city’s so-called whistleblower ordinance has covered only city employees.

Ethics reform: The ball's in Rahm's court

September 24, 2012
The Chicago Tribune (Editorial)

Appendix F of the second report by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's ethics reform task force is a diagram showing how alleged violations of the city's current ethics ordinance are investigated and resolved. The task force members call it "the spaghetti chart."

Watchdog, alderman in tug of war over documents

July 27, 2012
Chicago Tribune
By John Byrne


Chicago's government watchdog and one of the city's most powerful aldermen are locked in a standoff over records that could shed lig

Tougher ethics law for city workers approved

July 25, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
 

Chicago's anemic ethics ordinance was over


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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