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Chicago Moves Vs. Ethics Loopholes

October 23, 1997

CHICAGO (AP) _ Shaken by political fallout over the resignation of an alderman accused of ethics violations, Mayor Richard Daley and other city officials moved to tighten loopholes in the city’s ethics code.

Patrick Huels _ Daley’s floor leader _ resigned Tuesday amid allegations he used his office to benefit his private security firm by accepting a $1.25 million loan from a contractor who received city subsidies.

Daley said Wednesday he would introduce an executive order today that was expected to prohibit city employees from taking loans from city contractors. Daley’s order also was expected to restrict outside employment for city employees.

Also, the city’s legal department is looking to close possible loopholes in an ethics ordinance passed by the City Council last June, Daley said. Huels helped win votes for the measure, which gave more power to the city’s Board of Ethics. Created a decade ago, the ethics board had been barred from scrutinizing aldermen.

``My administration is open and honest and fair,″ Daley said. ``I have good, dedicated men and women within my administration. I’m proud of it. In instances like this, I’m not proud of it and I’m going to correct it.″

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