Call for greater oversight of City Council

March 10, 2009 2:27:21 PM PDT
Several Chicago aldermen are calling for a new ordinance to empower the inspector general to investigate allegations of corruption against the Chicago City Council. Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th Ward was joined by several colleagues Tuesday at City Hall. Next week, Moore and council members will introduce a new ordinance. It is intended to give the city's inspector general the power to investigate allegations against City Council members and their staffs.

Currently, every sector of city government is subject to oversight except the Chicago City Council.

"If we are to restore the public's trust, we first must demonstrate the we in the City Council are not above the law," said Moore. "Next, we must ensure the inspector general is not some hand-picked critical crony of the mayor or the City Council but someone vetted by a respected panel of outside experts."

The new proposal would also extend the term of the inspector general from the current four years to a six-year term.