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Emanuel Seeking To Make City Government More Open, Accessible

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine on July 20, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine on July 20, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

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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.

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