Chicago Approves Ethics Reform
The Chicago City Council approved an ethics reform measure aimed at combating corruption that has led to the conviction of 37 members of city council since 1969. The updated ethics ordinances strengthens rules against nepotism, lobbying of city council members, and limits campaign contributions for certain contractors. The ordinance also increases fines for violations from a maximum of $5,000 to $20,000. The measure was significantly revised to win the support of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who blocked it from advancing for several months.
The updated ordinance takes effect on October 1, 2022.
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