CHICAGO (Sept. 8, 2017) – Today, the Chicago Board of Ethics announced that Alderman Howard Brookins (21st Ward) has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for failing to keep proper track of time worked by his chief of staff and office aides.
Faisal Khan, CEO of Project Six and former Legislative Inspector General for Chicago, released the following statement in response to Alderman Brookins’ fine:
“In Chicago, many elected officials have treated the Municipal Code of Chicago as optional. It is not.
“Alderman Brookins failed taxpayers in a responsibility any professional is familiar with, keeping accurate–or in this case, any–time records for staff. Taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent and whether someone is violating their trust. Time sheets are a component of that trust.
“The Chicago Board of Ethics has acted appropriately in making this agreement public, so taxpayers can see what has happened. This is a step in hopefully filling the deep ethical hole that has been dug by public servants who have tried deciding what laws to follow and what laws to ignore.”
In 2015, Alderman Brookins’ then-chief-of-staff was sentenced to 15 months in prison for accepting a bribe for a liquor license. Alderman Brookins was not charged in connection with that case and has denied any role in it.
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