Illinois Freedom of Information Act As the office strives to make the operations of City government more transparent, OIG is mindful of its responsibility to ensure that its own operations are transparent. Below, you can find information on OIG’s budget, staffing, organization, and operations. If you cannot find what you are looking for, there are also instructions on how you can submit a FOIA request to our office.

All requests for records must be made in writing and must include a description of the records that are requested. Please include your name, your email or mailing address, and a daytime telephone number.  If you seek records for a commercial purpose, you must disclose that fact in your request.

Requests for records may be sent  to:

FOIA Officer: Patrick Tran


Fax Number: (773) 478-3949

Mailing Address: FOIA Officer Inspector General’s Office 740 N. Sedgwick, Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60654

The following categories of records are maintained by OIG:

  • OIG personnel records.
  • OIG operational records
  • OIG budget requests
  • Reports required under Municipal Ordinance 2-56
  • Investigative records, such as complaints and reports
  • Records related to Hiring Oversight activity
  • Records related to Audit and Program Review projects

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the office’s work and strict confidentiality provisions of Municipal Ordinance 2-56, a substantial portion of OIG records are exempt from disclosure as provided by section 7.5(h) of the Illinois FOIA.

Therefore, records listed above may not be subject to disclosure. The following Documents are available immediately on our website:

  • Quarterly Reports issued pursuant to Municipal Ordinance 2-56-120
  • Publicly Issued Reports/Audits
  • OIG Rules and Regulations
  • Press Releases
  • OIG Administrative Policies and Procedures
  • OIG Hiring Statistics
  • OIG Organizational Chart

OIG does not physically inspect businesses or buildings for City permits or code violations, and thus, does not maintain such records.


The Inspector General’s Office (OIG) is an independent agency that promotes economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in the administration of programs and operation of City government. OIG is a watchdog for the taxpayers of the City, and it has jurisdiction to conduct independent inquiries into most aspects of City government. OIG investigates City officials, employees, agencies and contractors, and those who seek to do business with the City or seek certification to participate in any City program. OIG additionally conducts audits, reviews and evaluations of the operations and policies of City departments, programs and functions.  OIG derives its authority from Municipal Ordinance 2-56 et seq, which contains strict confidentiality provisions. A diagram of OIG’s organizational structure may be found here.


Total operating budget for FY2013 = $5,769,239

Total operating budget for FY2014 = $5,769,239

Total operating budget for FY2015 = $5,956,603

Total operating budget for FY2016 = $6,364,913; Total budgeted positions FY2016: 69

Total operating budget for FY2017 = $8,641,428; Total budgeted positions FY2017: 96

Total operating budget for FY2018 = $8,890,897; Total budgeted positions FY2018: 97

OIG reserves the right to charge any fees allowed by section 6 of the FOIA. If you seek a fee waiver under the Act, please state the specific purpose for your request and explain how a waiver or reduction in fees would be in the public interest. Please note that it is within OIG’s discretion whether to grant the waiver.