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Emanuel Cutting City Credit Cards From 500 to 30

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's latest ethics reform targets city-issued credit card spending.

    After an investigation uncovered the exorbitant personal spending on city credit cards by the heads of the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Park District, Emanuel halted the use of the cards and ordered all city agencies be audited.

    With the final report in, Emanuel plans to cut the number of city issued credit cards from 500 to only 30, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    The few allowed credit cards will be strictly confined to emergency purchases and will be controlled by the agencies' chief financial officer and registered with city comptroller Amer Ahmad.

    The 30 credit cards will be divided among six agencies: the CTA, CHA, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges and Public Building Commission.