JUL 15, 2022
A compromise ethics proposal primed for a vote on Friday would ban former aldermen from walking the City Council floor during meetings but would stop short of forcing aldermen out of the room when they recuse themselves from votes. [Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago]
A beleaguered legislative push to tighten ethics and lobbying restrictions on city employees is finally primed for a vote on Friday after months of negotiations that softened some of the proposal’s edges but left most of its core provisions intact.
The ordinance authored by City Council Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight chair Ald. Michele Smith (43) and backed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot is set for direct introduction and a vote in the ethics committee when it reconvenes at 3 p.m. on Friday. The compromise measure had been primed for a vote on Wednesday, but Smith recessed the meeting to give her staff and the mayor’s administration an extra 48 hours to come to terms on language.
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