Speeches

Inspector General’s 2016 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee

Opening Statement of the Inspector General, 2017 Budget Hearings, October 26, 2016 Madam Chair and members of the City Council: Thank you for the opportunity to be here today before the Committee on Budget & Government Operations. I look forward to answering your questions and discussing the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) 2017 budget request. This … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Statement Regarding City Council Oversight

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s Statement Regarding City Council Oversight, February 10, 2016 To the Taxpayers and Residents of the City of Chicago: Today the City Council transferred oversight of its members and staff from the Office of Legislative Inspector General to this office. The action brings to close chapters in Chicago’s ignominious ethics history by … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Statement Regarding Benchmarks to Good Government Oversight

Opening Statement of the Inspector General, the Joint Committee on Workforce Development and Audit; Committees, Rules and Ethics Opening Statement of the Inspector General, December 14, 2015   Chairs and Members of the Committee on Workforce Development and Audit and the Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics:  Good morning Chairman O’Connor and Chairman Harris and all … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s 2015 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee

Opening Statement of the Inspector General, 2016 Budget Hearings, September 30, 2015  Madam Chair and members of the City Council: Thank you for the opportunity to be here today before the Committee on the Budget & Government Operations. I look forward to answering your questions and discussing the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) 2016 budget request. This … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Statement to City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety

Opening Statement of the Inspector General Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety regarding Red Light Cameras, October 28, 2014 Chairman Burnett, and members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to speak this afternoon about the Office of Inspector General’s report on the Red-Light Camera program, which is a matter of great public interest … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s 2014 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee

Opening Statement of the Inspector General 2013 Budget Hearings, October 30, 2013 Madam Chair, and members of the City Council: Thank you for the opportunity to be here today before the Committee on the Budget & Government Operations.  I look forward to answering your questions and discussing the OIG’s 2014 budget request.  Thank you all for your … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s 2013 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee

Inspector General’s 2013 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee  Madam Chair, and members of the City Council: This office’s budget request for 2014 is $5.769 million. We are proud to meet the call for a neutral budget while taking on new investigative responsibilities under the Ethics Ordinance. Identification of internal efficiencies allowed us to … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Statement Regarding Ferguson v. Patton Ruling

Inspector General Joseph M. Ferguson released the following statement after reviewing the March 21, 2013 Illinois Supreme Court ruling in Ferguson v. Patton: Today, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the OIG does not have the statutory authority to enforce its own subpoenas. The Court’s opinion requires the OIG to go to the City’s Corporation … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s 2012 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee

Opening Statement of the Inspector General 2012 Budget Hearings Madam Chair, and members of the City Council: At the nearly two year mark of my term, the OIG continues to provide Chicago residents with an important service – guarding against waste, fraud, abuse, and inefficiency in City government. Over the past year, OIG audits and program … [Read More…]

Inspector General Joe Ferguson Speaks at Union League

Inspector Joe Ferguson spoke at the Union League today on the role of OIG in City government.