Chicago City Council considers outside income ban after Burke conviction
The Chicago Sun-Times covered last week’s Chicago City Council’s Ethics Committee hearing on an ordinance that would increase restrictions on outside employment for City Council members.
Reform for Illinois Executive Director Alisa Kaplan testified about the advantages of broader limits on outside income, which would put Chicago more in line with other major cities like New York City and Los Angeles that ban second jobs.
“Outside employment restrictions are intended to reduce opportunities for misconduct and prevent it from arising before it ends up in the newspapers and undermines the public’s trust. What Ed Burke did was illegal…But it was his outside business that enabled him to do it and great damage was done,” she said.