Public Reports

Second Annual Progress Report on the Procurement Reform Task Force

On May 27, 2015, Mayor Rahm Emanuel convened the Chicago Procurement Reform Task Force (PRTF). PRTF was co-chaired by the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) and the Inspector General (OIG) for the City of the Chicago, and included the CEO, Executive Director, or Chancellor of six of the City’s sister agencies: the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Christopher Williams

Yesterday, a former employee for a City of Chicago contractor working as a security guard pleaded guilty to theft of government property in a scheme to defraud the City of thousands in taxpayer money. Christopher Williams, a security guard with City contractor SkyTech Security Services, pleaded guilty Monday morning before Circuit Court Judge Erica L. … [Read More…]

Evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s Compliance with the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act

The Public Safety Section (PS) of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded an evaluation regarding the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) compliance with the clear and present danger reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies under the Illinois’s Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Card Act (“the Act”). OIG launched this inquiry after receiving … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Tara D. Smith

On April 9, 2018, former Public Building Commission (PBC) Manager of Payroll and Benefits Tara D. Smith pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1). In her plea agreement, Smith, who processed payroll for PBC’s employees, admitted that in 2014 and 2015 … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. John Balzano and Natalie Balzano

On March 19, 2018, John Balzano and Natalie Balzano were arraigned on criminal charges for stealing nearly $1 million from the City of Chicago through a contracting pass-through scheme. The indictment charged the Balzanos with one Class X felony of theft of government property (720 ILCS 5/16-1(a)(2)), one Class 2 felony of fraudulently obtaining money … [Read More…]

Public Safety Section Annual Report 2017

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) Public Safety Section has published its 2017 Annual Report. The Public Safety Section supports OIG’s mission by initiating inspections, evaluations, and reviews of the City’s police and police accountability agencies – the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), and the Chicago Police … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v Lennie Perry, et al.

On December 27, 2017, Department of Streets and Sanitation Tow Truck Driver Lennie Perry was sentenced by Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood to nine years imprisonment for a bribery scheme where he relocated automobiles parked on City streets and solicited and received bribes in exchange for returning the relocated vehicles to the … [Read More…]

OIG 2018 APR Audit Plan

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) Audit and Program Review section (APR) has published its 2018 Audit Plan. APR supports the OIG mission by conducting independent, objective performance analysis and evaluation of municipal programs and operations, issuing public reports of findings and making recommendations to strengthen and improve the delivery of public … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al.

On November 14, 2017, following a one day bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, Lennie Perry, a former employee of the City of Chicago, was found guilty of 2 felony counts of bribery (720 ILCS 5/33-1(d)(e)) and 2 felony counts of official misconduct (720 ILCS 5/33-3(b)(d)). State of Illinois v. Lennie … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Leon Brown

On October 16, 2017, following a sentencing hearing in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, Leon Brown, a former employee of the City of Chicago, was sentenced to 18 months of probation. Brown was previously found guilty on 6 counts, including 2 counts of bribery (720 ILCS 5/33-1(d)(e)), and 4 counts of official misconduct … [Read More…]