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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.

Boswell resigns as head of city hiring: sources

March 29, 2010

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
The Denver attorney hired by Mayor Daley to oversee city hiring only to be stripped of that responsibility resigned Monday, joining the long list of outsiders chewed up by Chicago’s unique brand of politics.

Anthony Boswell told his staff at the city’s shrinking Office of Compliance that he was leaving his $161,856-a-year job, effective May 30, “unless they march him out of there earlier.”

Daley's embattled ethics aide resigns in power struggle

March 29, 2010

Posted by Todd Lighty and Hal Dardick

Mayor Richard Daley’s embattled compliance officer abruptly resigned today amid a power struggle that pitted two City Hall watchdogs against each other.

Anthony Boswell, executive director of the Office of Compliance, informed Daley that he plans to leave city employment at the end of May, said Boswell’s lawyer, Jamie Wareham. He said Boswell’s future plans were unclear.

City Of Chicago To Modernize Outdated Graft Programs

March 27, 2010

Mayor Daley plans to hold a series of smoke-filled back-room meetings to discuss the changes.

CHICAGO—In an effort to streamline unethical practices and boost illegal profiteering, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced sweeping new plans Monday to overhaul his city's "antiquated" system of graft.

According to Daley, Chicago's once-great fraudulent institutions have grown obsolete, and City Hall is no longer bilking taxpayers out of as much money as it once did.

How Northwestern kept its grip on county traffic school

March 1, 2010

BY TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters, with the BETTER GOVERNMENT ASSN.

Daley’s office, inspector general, aldermen meet behind closed doors on investigating aldermen City Council members balk at giving watchdog the power to investigate them

March 1, 2010

By Hal Dardick and John Byrne, Tribune reporters

Mayor Richard Daley's lobbyist and the city's inspector general met behind closed doors with aldermen in recent days to win support for an ordinance that would let the City Hall watchdog investigate the City Council.

The unusual pairing between the mayor's office and the inspector general, whose main job is to investigate the administration, illustrates the high stakes involved for Daley, aldermen and Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

Daley suspends top ethics aide, another quits

February 11, 2010

Posted by Todd Lighty and Hal Dardick

Mayor Richard Daley has suspended his top ethics aide for his role in allegedly bumbling a student intern’s sexual harassment complaint.

Anthony Boswell, the $161,856-a-year executive director of the Office of Compliance, was suspended for 30 days without pay.

Daley acknowledged the suspension at a City Hall news conference to announce cost-cutting measures. The mayor made no further comment on the issue.



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More Chicago hiring abuses alleged: Monitor criticizes Mayor Richard Daley's team

December 6, 2009

By Todd Lighty and Hal Dardick Tribune reporters

A new report from a court-appointed monitor accuses Mayor Richard Daley's administration of violating hiring regulations and misleading her about efforts to deal with abuses at City Hall.



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