Press Releases

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…]

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 carts … [Read More…]

Audit of CPD Assault-Related Crime Statistics Classification And Reporting

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…]

Audit of CDOT Service Request Performance Reporting

This audit examines the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) 311 service request performance reporting from 2010 through 2012. The audit found that CDOT, Regularly met its goals for repair of traffic lights, pavement cave-ins, and stop signs. Did not meet its self-determined targets for pothole and street light repair in any of the three years … [Read More…]

Advisory on Suspensions Issued for Historical Shakman Violations

This advisory highlights inconsistencies in the implementation of employee discipline meted out by the City. It comes after an Office of Inspector General (OIG) review of disciplinary actions found critical variations in the way sanctions were carried out across and within City departments. The lack of a clear central policy resulted in some employees escaping … [Read More…]

Follow-Up Report on Review of Opportunities for Civilianization in CPD

This report is a follow up to a January 2013 Review of Opportunities for Civilianization in the Chicago Police Department. Looking across 370 positions in the original review, the OIG found a total of 292 full-duty sworn officers filling jobs that did not require the authority, skills, knowledge, or experience specific to sworn officers. The … [Read More…]

Audit of CPD Gun Turn-In Event

The Chicago Police Department’s Gun Turn-In Program gives participants a gift card in exchange for turning in a gun. It is one of many initiatives to reduce crime in Chicago and has the stated intention of removing guns from the city’s streets. The OIG’s audit of CPD’s 2012 Gun Turn-In Event found that CPD accurately … [Read More…]