Publications & Press

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Elizabeth Perino

On March 16, 2017, former City of Chicago contractor Elizabeth Perino was sentenced to a year and a day term of federal imprisonment for defrauding the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) program. United States v. Elizabeth Perino, 11-CR-492 (ND IL). In June of 2016, a jury returned guilty verdicts against Perino on three … [Read More…]

Willowbrook Woman Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Defrauding City of Chicago’s Women-Owned Business Entity Procurement Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 17, 2017 CHICAGO — A Willowbrook woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for scheming to help a contractor falsely satisfy its female hiring requirement for city of Chicago construction projects. As the owner of a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, ELIZABETH PERINO allowed her … [Read More…]

Significant Activity: City of Chicago Settlement with RedFlex

On February 03, 2017, the RedFlex Traffic Systems, Inc. and Redflex Holdings, Ltd. agreed to pay $20 million in restitution and compensatory damages to the City of Chicago. The settlement followed a years long investigation into allegations of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery in association with the City’s red-light camera program. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s statement … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2016 Report

Highlights of OIG activity from October 1 through December 31, 2016, are summarized below: OIG found seven City officials and political groups had violated campaign finance laws by accepting illegal campaign donations. Per the Municipal Code of Chicago, the recipients of these donations were provided ten days in which to cure the violation and, as a … [Read More…]

OIG 2017 Audit Plan

The 2017 Audit Plan for OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here..

OIG Audit Finds City Could Not Determine Who Accessed Public Safety Cameras and Did Not Establish Operational Objectives for the Cameras

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Audit Finds City Could Not Determine Who Accessed Public Safety Cameras and Did Not Establish Operational Objectives for the Cameras An audit released today by the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) examined the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’s (OEMC) … [Read More…]

Audit of OEMC Public Safety Cameras

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’s (OEMC) management of approximately 2,700 cameras (“public safety cameras”) originally purchased by OEMC, the Chicago Police Department (CPD), and the Chicago Fire Department (CFD). The objective of the audit was to determine if OEMC has effectively managed these cameras. … [Read More…]

OIG Finds Only 43.9% of Restaurants and Similar Establishments Received All Required Routine Food Inspections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Finds Only 43.9% of Restaurants and Similar Establishments Received All Required Routine Food Inspections A City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit, released today, found that the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) did not meet the routine inspection frequency requirements … [Read More…]

Audit of CDPH Food Establishment Inspections

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the food establishment inspections program of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Food Protection Division. CDPH “promotes food safety and sanitation through the inspection of food establishments,”[1] including restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, delis, daycares, hospital kitchens, and school cafeterias. The objectives of the audit were to determine … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Karen Finley

On November 10, 2016, United States District Court Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced Karen Finley, former chief executive officer of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., to a 30-month term of imprisonment for her role in a multi-year kickback scheme perpetrated in connection with the City’s red-light camera program. United States v. Karen Finley, 14-CR-135-3 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). … [Read More…]