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Former Redflex CEO, Liaison, and Chicago Official Indicted For Alleged Corruption in City’s Red Light Camera Contracts

A former chief executive officer of Chicago’s first red light camera vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., and the company’s customer liaison with the city, were indicted on August 13, 2014, on federal corruption charges together with a retired city official who managed the red light camera program for nearly a decade, after he alone was charged initially … [Read More…]

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

The Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Department 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 … [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…]

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…]

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…]

Follow-Up Report on Audit of DWM Material Truck Haul Program

The OIG has completed a follow-up review of the Department of Water Management’s (DWM) progress in reforming vendor payment structures in the Material Truck Haul Program (MTHP). The audit, published last February, found that many vendors were paid late and/or were underpaid. DWM reports that it has addressed these findings. Specifically, To address the findings … [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…]