Chronicle Crossed Off of You-Know-What List

For today, anyway. [wink]

DeKalb City Council members are considering revising financial policy after it was disclosed that 3rd Ward Alderman Victor Wogen’s company was awarded six contracts totaling $52,000 in 2008. Currently there are no restrictions or requirements for disclosure on city officials winning contracts for public projects. The city is considering creating a more transparent process.

Rochelle follows similar guidelines as DeKalb when it comes to spending authority. Expenditures under $20,000 – such as those awarded to Wogen’s company – can be approved by the city manager without city council action.

But Rochelle’s city manager purposefully discloses aldermanic business ties with the city to other officeholders to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest.

“Part of my responsibility is to make sure they’re aware of it,” [Rochelle City Manager Ken] Alberts said.

Well done, Chronicle.

Update 9:40 a.m.: Links to the latest at DeKalb County Online, Wogen Watch and Northern Star.