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Cook County Board Approves Vendor Database

Thursday, September 04, 2008
Chicago Public Radio
by City Room

The Cook County Board has approved an ordinance supporters say will make the county more transparent.

By next spring, the county's Web site will list the owners of companies with government contracts

Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool sponsored the proposal.

CLAYPOOL: Well, It's important because otherwise there's the potential for chicanery, for hidden corruption, where insides, relatives, others have a special deal. They're put in as small owners or part owners of companies that have a different public face.

Claypool says the online database shouldn't cost too much to set up.But the county pegs the price-tag at more than $2 million.

A spokesman says Board President Todd Stroger wants to disclose vendor information. But he says Stroger needs to make sure the county has the money.

Also yesterday, the board approved a $3.2 million legal settlement. That money will go to 105 people who claim they were victims of political discrimination.


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