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Chicago initiative nears a conclusion

Contract program is ruled illegal

By Eric Ferkenhoff
Globe Correspondent / January 4, 2004

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CHICAGO -- Almost 20 years ago, Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, decreed that a share of all city contracts be set aside for minorities and women. It was an early experiment with affirmative action, and it was seen as a major step toward ensuring equality in a city known for doling out lucrative contracts to cronies -- typically rich ... (Full Article: 790 Words)

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