Alderman Brad Will has been fined $1000 for violating the city ethics law based upon his votes concerning the Pike Plan. The Ethics Board also instructed the Alderman at Large to issue a written reprimand.
Basically, the Common Council was reviewing questions of whether repairs were needed to the Pike Plan canopies or whether there were problems with its construction.
Alderman Will is an architect and he designed the plan for reconstruction of the plan. So, he voted on a review of his own work. This is a clear and obvious conflict.
Will's defense was basically that he did know any better. However, it is clear and obvious that you cannot ethically do an independent review of your own work.
To my knowledge, this is the first major finding by the Ethics Board.