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WVXU has been covering the stories of politics and corruption at Cincinnati's City Hall since early 2020. We have now launched an initiative to more closely examine Cincinnati politics and the individuals who have shaped it, along with the current allegations of corruption. We'll also explore proposals for change, and seek feedback from local leaders and community members on what can be done to restore trust in City Hall.Trust in Local Government, WVXU's Public Integrity Project will analyze our council-manager form of government and the charter amendments designed to reinforce ethical standards at City Hall; take a historical look at corruption in Cincinnati government; talk with the candidates for Cincinnati mayor and continue with an ongoing series of features, interviews and candidate profiles.

Reform Panel Working On Recommendations To Stop Corruption At City Hall

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In January, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley appointed nine members to a new panel tasked with reviewing how City Council handles development deals. The Economic Development Reform Panel was created in the wake of multiple federal indictments of council members on corruption charges related to development deals.

The panel make their recommendations in a report to be issued by Aug. 1. According to Chair Ann Marie Tracey, they are first outlining what the issues are.

"Some of the issues may be lack of public trust; insufficiency of guard rails; do we currently have a sufficient definition of the charter in regards to who is responsible for what," says Tracey. The panel meets every two weeks to discuss these topics, with meetings streamed publicly online.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the panel's goals are Economic Development Reform Panel Chair, Former Chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission and Retired Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Ann Marie Tracey; University of Cincinnati College of Law Dean Verna Williams; and Manley Burke President, Retired Chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party and Retired President of the Hamilton County Board of Elections Tim Burke.

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