Ordinance

On October 5, 2016, City Council passed an ordinance, effective November 11, 2016, creating a Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, housed within OIG, to enhance transparency, accountability, and the quality of oversight of public safety operations in Chicago. Principal powers and duties of the Public Safety Deputy include: reviewing the policies, procedures, and practices of the Chicago Police Department, the Police Board, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability; identifying patterns and trends; issuing recommendations to address problems and improve policies, practices, programs and training; and auditing individual investigations of misconduct. This ordinance also increased OIG’s annual budget to 0.14% of the total funds appropriated by City Council. See Office of Inspector General, MCC-Chp-2-56

Summary of Recent Amendments to the OIG Ordinance

On October 5, 2016, City Council passed an ordinance, effective November 11, 2016, creating a Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, housed within OIG, to enhance transparency, accountability, and the quality of oversight of public safety operations in Chicago. Principal powers and duties of the Public Safety Deputy include: reviewing the policies, procedures, and practices of the Chicago Police Department, the Police Board, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability; identifying patterns and trends; issuing recommendations to address problems and improve policies, practices, programs and training; and auditing individual investigations of misconduct. This ordinance also increased OIG’s annual budget to 0.14% of the total funds appropriated by City Council. October 2016 Amendments MCC-Chp-2-56

On February 10, 2016, City Council passed an ordinance, effective March 16, 2016, extending OIG’s jurisdiction to cover City Council, in order to ensure that “allegations of misconduct against aldermen and their employees are thoroughly investigated and addressed.” See February 2016 Amendments MCC-Chp-2-56. On March 16,  2016, further amendments extended OIG’s jurisdiction to City Council  to “ensure the allegations of misconduct against aldermen and their employees are thoroughly investigated and addressed.” See March 2016 Amendments MCC-Chp-2-56.

On March 18, 2015, City Council passed an ordinance, effective April 15, 2015, setting OIG’s annual budget to 0.1% of the total funds appropriated by City Council. Also at that time, Council passed a second ordinance vesting OIG with jurisdiction to “engage in activities that are both authorized by and carried out under the direction of the Illinois Attorney General, the Cook County State’s Attorney, the United States Department of Justice and other agencies authorized to investigate and prosecute violations of criminal law . . . .” See March 2015 Amendments MCC-Chp-2-56 .