Emanuel Seeking To Make City Government More Open, Accessible

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought to bolster his credentials as a reformer Wednesday, in an online interview with the head of a leading good government group.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, in a Web interview with Better Government Association president Andy Shaw, Mayor Emanuel announced that data from financial disclosure forms is now available on the city’s Web site for all city employees who must file them.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“You fill out a financial disclosure, it’s going to be not only online, it’s going to be easy to use for those of us who are technologically challenged. We won’t have to yell at our 12-year-old to help us,” the mayor said.

The mayor adds the city is also trying to use technology to try to respond better to residents in other ways.

“Somebody listed something on the city’s Facebook site about their having difficulty with a Chicago Public school,” Emanuel said. “It was forwarded to CPS. They were called – the parent was called – that day.”

Mayor Emanuel says he doesn’t want government to be a distant thing.

  • Kathy

    Our new Mayor Emmanuel does not care about the City of Chicago like former Mayor Daley. Daley will always have a passion for the city.
    Looks like Mayor Rham is wanting to sell off the cities Harbours. Is that really the answer. About the CPS schools: He needs to get rid of all the Charter schools! Give the teachers including and all staff a contract. You can’t let sloppy Mexican cook in the kitchen who does not know a thing about sanitation.
    Mayor Rham needs to increase cook county property tax if need be and use the money allocated for each service for that service. Tax Payers pay twice per year toward schools, CTA, park district which includes the harbours. If he sells the harbours then he would have reduce the tax we pay toward that.

  • Bill

    Former Mayor Daley cared more about his supporters like you and “took care” of them quite well!Alot of people made alot of money off the taxpayers!They stole millions upon millions.Oh,he didn’t know what was going on,right?You sound like a patronage employee to me!As long as I got what I need (a job with the city)then I won’t see or hear no evil!!!!!

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