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Elmhurst alderman proposes campaign contributions ban

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 1:39 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST — Alderman and mayoral candidate Diane Gutenkauf has proposed an ordinance that would ban liquor license holders and applicants from making campaign contributions to elected Elmhurst city officials.

The Elmhurst City Council will vote during its regular meeting Monday on sending the proposal to the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee for review.

In Elmhurst, the mayor serves as liquor commissioner, and Gutenkauf said campaign contributions from liquor license holders could create a conflict of interest. Gutenkauf is running for mayor against fellow aldermen Mark Mulliner and Steve Morley in the April 9 election.

"I propose Elmhurst consider an ordinance similar to that of Downers Grove, to ban liquor license holders and applicants from 'directly or indirectly making campaign contributions ... to elected officials,'" her email proposing the ordinance says. "This type of ordinance can only strengthen our community by codifying this ethical practice."

The city council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 209 N. York St.

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