Ald. Scott Waguespack (32rd Ward) introduced a bill at yesterday's meeting of Chicago's City Council that would give aldermen oversight over large city contracts. (Aldermen have had no formal mechanism to review such deals since 1989.) The Procurement Review Ordinance (PDF) says that prior to the final award of all contracts above $500,000, the city's chief procurement officer must send the contract to the council's Committee on Finance, which then has 30 days for review. Procurement gets a chance to respond in writing to issues that come up in committee. Competitively and no-bid contracts are both covered by Waguespack's bill.
Contracting has been a constant source of scandal during Mayor Richard Daley's tenure. Given that council oversight of City Hall contracting is now formally on the table, what agreements inked by the Daley administration could have used an extra set of eyes? Here are three that come to mind:
These certainly aren't the only contracting scandals for which Daley is responsible. For more on Chicago's contracts, check out Dan X. O'Neil's CityPayments.org and his recent primer on the issue for the mayoral candidates.