Publications & Press

OIG Reviews Red-Light Camera Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2014 Recent articles in the have raised important questions about the Red-Light Camera program both past and present. In response to those reports, both Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Scheinfeld have requested that OIG conduct a review of the program. Both requests were unconditional in asking … [Read More...]

OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2014 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from April 1 through June 30, 2014 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. Following OIG’s investigation, Antionette Chenier was indicted for her years-long scheme to embezzle money from the Chicago Department of Transportation. The arrest and OIG investigation resulted in the employee’s separation from the … [Read More...]

Audit of BACP’s Business Compliance and Enforcement Division

BACP plays an important role in protecting the public’s health and safety as well as City revenues. BACP inspects businesses for code violations, expired food, expired baby formula, and unstamped (or untaxed) cigarettes, among other items. The sale of unstamped cigarettes is a particularly challenging problem for Chicago, which has the nation’s highest cumulative cigarette … [Read More...]

Audit of DSS’s Garbage Service Enforcement

The “grandfather” clause in MCC § 7-28-240 provides for City garbage collection service to certain multi-unit dwellings that would otherwise be required to procure private garbage service. Until recently, DSS’s “grandfather list” had not been updated since 2007 and contained 2,402 properties. An informal survey by DSS, following initial OIG inquiries, concluded in March 2014 … [Read More...]

Retired Chicago Official Arrested On Federal Bribery Charge

On May 14th the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago, and the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General announced the arrest of John Bills. Bills was arrested for allegedly accepting cash and personal benefits totaling hundreds of thousands of … [Read More...]

Advisory on the City’s Real Property Management

This advisory notes that the City actively tracks and markets unused property. It may also engage in narrow re-use or consolidation projects. However, the City does not periodically evaluate its full property portfolio to ensure that all City buildings and land are put to their best use. The advisory presents, an example of one property … [Read More...]

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2014 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from January 1 through March 31, 2014 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. • In response to an OIG Department Notification about the improper destruction of garbage carts by Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) workers, DSS urged that residents report damaged or unwanted garbage … [Read More...]

Chicago Police Department Assault-Related Crime Statistics Classification And Reporting Audit

OIG found that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) incorrectly classified 3.1% of 2012 assault-related events contained in incident reports, under the 10% error rate that the FBI states is acceptable for agencies participating in its national reporting program. In addition, CPD’s CompStat reports and the City’s Data Portal accurately reflected the assault-related incidents in CPD’s … [Read More...]

City Contractor Receives 17 Month Jail Sentence and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Defrauding City’s MWBE Program

On March 13, 2014 Jesse Brunt, owner of Brunt Brothers Transfer, Inc., a certified minority-owned business, was sentenced to a jail term of 17 months in connection with a scheme to defraud the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program. Jesse Brunt and Brunt Brothers Transfer Inc. were ordered to pay $533,749 in restitution … [Read More...]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2013 Report

The report provides a summary of OIG activity from October 1 through December 31, 2013. The final quarterly report of 2013 reflects a maturing oversight body that fully inhabits its statutory mission to root out misconduct, waste, and inefficiency. In the last year the office expanded the responsibilities of its Hiring Oversight section, and its … [Read More...]