Rahm Signs Executive Orders on Ethics

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not wasting any time getting to work.

The same day he was sworn into office, Emanuel signed three Executive Orders related to ethics, according to a news release from his office.

The first order, originally issued by Mayor Daley, prevents appointees who leave the administration to lobby city government for two years after leaving their post. Lower-level employees and appointees are also barred from lobbying the agencies they work for.

The second order protects City employees from feeling pressure to give gifts or make political contributions to their superiors, and the third order prevents City lobbyists from making political contributions to the Mayor.

Emanuel also re-issued three ethics orders originally signed by Daley, including a ban on political contributions from companies that do business with the city and an order reaffirming that it is the duty of every City employee to report wrongdoing to the Inspector General.

Emanuel said in the release that the orders help to change the way city government does business by "reining in the influence of lobbyists and protecting city employees against pressure from their superiors."

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