Publications & Press

Audit of Loading Zone and Residential Disabled Parking Sign

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) process for loading zone signs and the Department of Finance’s (DOF) process for residential disabled parking signs. The objectives of the audit were to determine if, CDOT accurately recorded, calculated, and collected fees related to loading zone sign installations … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on CPD Assault Crime Statistics

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its April 2014 audit of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) classification and summary reporting for assault-related crimes in 2012. OIG concludes that CPD has implemented corrective actions related to the original audit findings. The purpose of the 2014 audit was to … [Read More…]

Audit of DSS Garbage Collection Performance

This 2015 audit comes at a time of significant operational changes for City garbage service. In April 2013, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) completed its transition from a ward- to grid-based garbage collection system which, according to DSS management, increased the efficiency of garbage collection operations. These efficiencies include a reduction in the daily average number … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2015 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from January 1 through March 31, 2015 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. In a memo to the Department of Finance (DOF), OIG introduced concepts for a pilot claims analysis project. Under the program, DOF would engage in risk management by routinely analyzing the trends … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Antionette Chenier

on April 14, 2015, Antionette Chenier, a former employee of the Chicago Department of Transportation, pled guilty to federal criminal charges of embezzlement in violation of 18 U.S.C § 666(a)(1) and an associated count of tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201 in connection with her theft of over $740,000 from the City of Chicago pursuant to … [Read More…]

Revenue Inspector Sentenced To 12 Months Probation For Extortion

A former Revenue Inspector for the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve to 12 months’ probation as a result of his conviction of extortion under color of official right. ELIAS GARZA, 55, of Chicago pled guilty in February 2011 to a … [Read More…]

Audit of BACP Taxicab Medallion Auctions and Safety Inspections

Taxicab regulation generates a significant amount of revenue for the City, in 2013 medallion transfer fees alone generated $6.5 million. OIG’s audit examined taxicab regulation during 2013, focusing on the medallion auction process and taxicab safety inspections. In 2013 the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) held the first medallion auction since 2010, when it … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on DSS Garbage Service Enforcement

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded a follow up to its June 2014 audit of the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s (DSS) enforcement of Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 7-28-240 regarding eligibility for City garbage collection service. OIG concludes that DSS has not implemented corrective actions related to the … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on CFD Fire and Medical Incident Response Times

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General has completed a follow-up to its October 2013 audit of the Chicago Fire Department’s (CFD) fire and medical incident response times. The purpose of the 2013 audit was to determine if CFD fire and medical response times met National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1710, which CFD historically claimed … [Read More…]

350Green Executives Indicted For Scheming To Defraud Chicago and Others Of Grant Funds

Owners of a green tech startup company that installed and maintained charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles were indicted on March 3rd, 2015, by a federal grand jury for allegedly engaging in a scheme to fraudulently obtain federal and state grant funds, from the City of Chicago, the State of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, … [Read More…]