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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…]

OIG Audit Finds Department of Buildings’ Complaint Response Times Pose Health and Safety Risks to the Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2018 PRESS CONTACT: Natalie A. Kuriata, (773) 478-8417 Department of Buildings’ Complaint Response Times Pose Health and Safety Risks to the Public A report released today by the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the City of Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) had a backlog of over … [Read More…]

DOB Complaint-Based Inspections Audit

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit of the Department of Buildings’s (DOB) complaint-based inspection operations. The objectives of the audit were to determine whether DOB meets required deadlines for responding to building complaints, whether the Department effectively prioritizes complaints, and whether the records of building code violations available … [Read More…]

City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2018 PRESS CONTACT: Natalie A. Kuriata, (773) 478-8417 City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List The Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (Public Safety) is announcing its first list of initiated projects related to police and police accountability functions and … [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…]

Car Wash Vendor Charged with Stealing Nearly $1 Million from City of Chicago

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2018   CAR WASH VENDOR CHARGED WITH STEALING NEARLY $1 MILLION FROM CITY OF CHICAGO Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced charges against the president and manager of a Chicago car wash vendor for stealing nearly $1 million from … [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…]

OIG Announces Implementation of Amended Rules  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2018 CONTACT: Natalie A. Kuriata, (773) 478-8417 OIG Announces Implementation of Amended Rules On January 5, 2018, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a draft of its proposed amended Rules. As required under Section VIII of the Rules in effect on that date, OIG allowed 45 … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Audit of CDOT’s Management of Construction in the Public Way

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2017 PRESS CONTACT: Danielle Perry, (773) 478-0534   CDOT Saving City Millions, Still Room for Improvement A report released today by the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) management of construction projects in the public way has saved the City … [Read More…]

CDOT Management of Construction in the Public Way Audit

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) management of construction projects in the public way. The public way consists of all City streets, sidewalks, parkways, and alleys. In addition to its transportation function, the public way serves as a corridor for underground private and public utilities, … [Read More…]