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(Chicago News Cooperative) — While Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to unveil his 2012 city budget next month, Ald. Daniel Solis (25th Ward) will be bicycling in the Netherlands. But Solis won’t be on a European vacation: He will be peddling amid the canals of Amsterdam on a study trip paid for by a bicycling advocacy group. Solis revealed the trip on Twitter and said he will report the $2,000 gift on his aldermanic website, but nothing in the city’s municipal code requires him to disclose the free travel. The travel disclosure rules that apply to Chicago’s elected officials are far more lenient than the ethics laws for state and federal leaders, as well as for the politicians in other major U.S. cities. The city’s ethics ordinance does not consider work-related trips to be gifts, though it does require elected Chicago officials and some city employees to report gifts worth more than $500 in annual financial disclosure statement. The gift restrictions do not cover “reasonable hosting, including travel and expenses, entertainment, meals or refreshments furnished in connection with public events, appearances or ceremonies related to official city business, if furnished by the sponsor of such public event,” the ordinance states.
He’s won a Grammy and now a spot in the runoff race for a Chicago City Council seat. Rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith had 20 percent of the vote, behind incumbent Alderman Willi Cochran who had 46 percent. Since neither candidate garnered 50 percent of the vote, the two candidates will meet again in a runoff.
The long-time Chicago resident said he would pick up support from candidates who did not make the runoff, adding to the backing he received from the powerful Chicago Teachers’ Union. His campaing’s focus has been bringing green business to the 20th Ward of the city, reports ABC News.