Inspector recommends Chicago adopt no-gift policy

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The city of Chicago’s Office of Inspector General is recommending that the mayor adopt a “no gifts” policy for the entire city.

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago’s Office of Inspector General is recommending that the mayor adopt a "no gifts" policy for the entire city.

The recommendation came Tuesday after the office responded to a series of investigations relating to violations of Chicago’s gift policy. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson called the recommendation "long past due" and said the current policy "simply isn’t working."

The office says that over the last year it has dealt with seven gift-related misconduct cases over six city departments. Investigations have led at least three city departments to adopt no-gift policies. That means Chicago has two different gift policies and the office says that’s why it made the city-wide no-gift recommendation.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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