Chicago Inspector General Urges Ban on Gifts From Contractors
By Kevin Robinson in News on Dec 22, 2010 2:00PM
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Ferguson noted that in other city departments gift bans arose after investigations revealed abuse. For example, in 2005 the Department of Aviation banned gifts to employees after it was found that they were accepting gifts of food, wine and perfume. Current city code prohibits city employees from accepting a gift worth more than $50, not to exceed accepting gifts totaling $100 in a single year. Ferguson called the ordinance "ill-defined" and "immensely difficult and time-consuming to enforce," and recommended simply imposing a "no-gifts" policy city-wide in order to remove doubt and make clear the policy for both contractors and employees"in an area that is fraught with the possibilities for bribery at worst and the possible appearance of conflict of interest at best."
Mayor Daley told the Tribune that he had not yet read the report.