Publications & Press

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Brent Watson

On June 24, 2016, Brent Watson, a City of Chicago firefighter, was arraigned on criminal charges including two counts of theft (720 ILCS 5/16-1(a)) and one count each of burglary and wire fraud (720 ILCS 5/19-1(a) and 720 ILCS 5/17-24(b)). State of Illinois v. Brent Watson 16-CR-09145-01 (Cir. Ct. of Cook County, Ill.). The indictment alleges that Watson … [Read More…]

Jury Convicts Lockport Contractor of Defrauding City of Chicago’s Women-Owned Business Entity Procurement Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — A federal jury today convicted a Lockport subcontractor on fraud charges for scheming to help a general contractor falsely satisfy its female hiring requirement on city of Chicago construction projects. As the owner of a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, ELIZABETH PERINO agreed to allow her company to be claimed as … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Elizabeth Perino

On June 17, 2016, following a weeklong trial, a jury in the Northern District of Illinois found Elizabeth Perino, a former sub-contractor for the City of Chicago, guilty for actions taken to defraud the City of Chicago MWBE program. Perino was convicted on three counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud, 18 … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Audit of Administrative Hearings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534   OIG Releases Audit of Administrative Hearings The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit evaluating the timeliness of Department of Administrative Hearings’ (DOAH) case completion. OIG examined the ratio of closed to opened cases (clearance rate) and the … [Read More…]

Audit of DOAH Adjudication Timeliness

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Department of Administrative Hearings’ (DOAH) efforts to ensure timely adjudication of cases. The first objective of the audit was to determine if the Department used the nationally recognized performance measures of clearance rate and time to disposition to evaluate the flow of cases requiring … [Read More…]

Chicago Man Arraigned on Theft Charges for City of Chicago Ticketing Scam

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with the City of Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to announce theft charges against Christopher C. Williams of Chicago for allegedly stealing money from victims and the City of Chicago under the guise that he was paying off the victims’ City of Chicago tickets and … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: People of the State of Illinois v. Christopher Williams

Today, May 04, 2016, Christopher Williams, was arraigned on criminal charges including the alleged theft of over $10,000 from the City of Chicago. The indictment, delivered on April 20, 2016, charges Williams with a Class 1 felony for theft of government property, a Class 2 felony for theft of property, and six counts of Class … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Examines City’s Policy and Procedure Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Advisory Examines City’s Policy and Procedure Management The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an advisory regarding the City’s documentation of operating policies and procedures. The advisory comes after past OIG investigations and audits found that the lack of … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding City Operating Policies and Procedures

Regularly maintained, thorough, and well communicated policies and procedures are critical tools for both operational efficiency and government accountability. Policies that are not documented and distributed may be inadequately followed or misunderstood. OIG investigations and audits have revealed that various departments do not properly document, and communicate to staff, their policies and procedures. This lack … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Audit of CFD Uniform Provision and Replacement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Audit of CFD Uniform Provision and Replacement The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit assessing the issuance, exchange, and repair of uniform items at the Chicago Fire Department (CFD)   Commissary, a vendor-run storefront that issues or … [Read More…]