Tony Peraica calls for ethics reform

May 18, 2010 4:28:00 PM PDT
Cook County board commissioner Tony Peraica wants to strengthen the Cook County ethics ordinance.

Peraica outlined the proposal along with UIC Professor Dick Simpson before Tuesday's county board meeting. It seeks to outlaw lobbying by county employees and strengthen the ordinance's stance on cases involving possible conflicts of interest by county officials.

"We talk about the standards we should apply to other people. Today, the amendments we're introducing is going to set a new standard for county officials and commissioners included," said Peraica.

The proposal would also outlaw the eminent domain sale of property by employees to the county and put stiffer limits on campaign contributions by individuals.