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Contractors doing business with Cook County board now must report problems to watchdog

Updated: October 2, 2012 6:10PM

Cook County elected leaders and other employees aren’t the only ones required to report backroom deals and other illegal activity to the county’s top watchdog.

Under a measure passed Tuesday by the county board, contractors, subcontractors and others doing business with county government must report on-the-job political discrimination or favoritism, corruption and crime to Inspector General Patrick Blanchard.

Contractors who fail to do so would be banned from doing business with the county for up to two years — and could possibly hurt their chances of landing work with other governmental agencies.

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