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A Lobbyist Database for Chicago

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 6 2011

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to introduce an ordinance today that would create a wide-reaching lobbyist disclosure database, according to a press release.

The ordinance makes good on a promise Emanuel made in the transition report he released upon taking office. Besides a searchable database that would allow real-time reporting, Chicago's new mayor promises that the ordinance will also tighten rules on gifts from lobbyists and bar city officials and employees from applying for loans from them, among other provisions.

Chicago currently keeps a list of registered lobbyists online in Portable Document Format.

(Via Progress Illinois.)