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Emanuel Puts City Contracts Online

By Chuck Sudo in News on Aug 3, 2011 2:00PM

2011_6_9_city_seal.jpg The transparency in city government under Mayor Emanuel continues. The mayor announced that city contracts dating back to 1993 are online at the city's open data portal. That's over 90,000 contracts.

That's in addition to Emanuel posting the salaries of all city employees, line-by-line appropriations, and lobbyist data.

In all, Emanuel has authorized the posting of 170 data sets online, ranging from abandoned buildings and historic landmarks to rodent baiting to individuals and firms barred from doing business with the city.

A press release from the Mayor's Office reads that, in addition to added transparency, posting contract information online is a step toward modernizing the city contract system. “By posting this data online in an easy-to-use format, we will be able to increase the transparency of the contracting process and ensure that these contracting processes are conducted in full view of the public," Emanuel said.

The contract list can be viewed here.