April 30, 2012 (CHICAGO) --Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing a sweeping update in Chicago's ethics ordinance. The recommendation by a task force is the first comprehensive revision in the city's ethics law in more than 20 years. It features 34 recommendations including a strengthening of the gift ban and rules on financial disclosure, a ban on loans to lobbyists by elected officials and city workers, protections for whistleblowers who report misconduct and revolving door restrictions for workers who leave city employment for the private sector. The mayor says he will immediately submit the plan to the City Council, which must approve it.
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