Chicago mayor putting lobbying data online

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s making it easier for the public to see who’s lobbying the city for what and what kind of gifts they’re giving.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s making it easier for the public to see who’s lobbying the city for what and what kind of gifts they’re giving.

In a news release on Thursday, Emanuel says the city will post lobbying data online and will be do so in a way that will be easy to use. Emanuel says the public can not only track gifts, but compensation and expenditures as well.

One of the things Emanuel promised during his mayoral campaign is that he would make city government more transparent. He says putting such data online helps do that.

Online: http://data.cityofchicago.org

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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