Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will propose new ordinances to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and provide a financial incentive for people to report contract fraud.

The qui tam ordinance is patterned after state and federal laws that allow private citizens to bring suits against contractors who defraud the city.

The proposals come in the wake of the Hired Truck scandal. Under the Hired Truck Program, the city spent about $40 million a year on private dump trucks to work alongside city crews. An investigation found that many of those trucks did little or no work.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on the developments on November 3, 2004.

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