Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls for five-year extension of construction set-aside ordinance

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has quietly introduced an ordinace to extend the construction set-aside program for an additional five years until Dec. 2020, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The program, which was overhauled on orders from a federal judge about 10 years ago, provides protected access to minority and disadvantaged groups including blacks, hispanics, and women.

The ordinance justifies extending the contract set-asides based on studies and consultations with Dartmouth College economics professor Dr. David Blanchflower; the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago; attorney Don O’Bannon; and the law firm of Pugh Jones & Johnson, The Sun-Times reported.

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