Chicago City Hall

City Council Passes Ethics Reforms Pushed By Lightfoot

July 24, 2019 - 8:47 pm

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's City Council has approved a package of ethics reforms that includes increasing the power of the city's inspector general.

There was no debate Wednesday prior to the passing of an ordinance proposed by news Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The aldermen voted 50-0 for them, despite members long being opposed to giving the “IG” more power to investigate them.

Ending government corruption was a centerpiece of Lightfoot's campaign for mayor. She won all 50 wards in April and got more than 70% of the vote.

In addition to giving Inspector General Joseph Ferguson the ability to audit the council's committees, the mayor's ordinance also tightens rules on outside jobs and City Hall lobbying, and increases fines for ethics violations.

The ordinance prohibits aldermen and city employees from doing outside work that could conflict with the city's interests, such as representing people in property tax appeals.