As state legislators weigh ethics changes in response to federal investigations into elected officials, businesses and lobbyists, aldermen are lining up behind their own changes to city lobbying rules.
Ald. Michele Smith, 43rd, who chairs the Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight, and Ald. Matt O’Shea, 19th, have introduced a ban on aldermen acting as paid lobbyists and on outside elected officials lobbying on Chicago matters. So far, they’ve convinced a majority of the City Council to support the change.