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Significant Activity Report: United States v. Laurance H. Freed

One February 24, 2016, Laurance H. Freed, the president of Joseph Freed & Associates LLC (JFA),  was convicted on 8 counts including bank fraud, mail fraud, and making a false statement to a financial institution (18 U.S.C. § 1344,1341, and 1014). Freed’s conviction is in connection with a City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing (TIF) … [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…]

Vice President of Chicago Real Estate Firm Admits Lying to Lender in the Redevelopment of a North Side Department Store

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — The vice president of a Chicago real estate firm pleaded guilty today to lying to a bank about a public financing note that was issued for the redevelopment of a former Goldblatt’s Department Store in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. CAROLINE WALTERS, the vice president and treasurer of Joseph Freed & … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Caroline Walters

Today, Caroline Walters pled guilty to a single count of making a false statement to a financial institution, (18 U.S.C. § 1014) in connection with a City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing (TIF) note issued for the redevelopment of a former Goldblatt’s Department Store located at 4718 N. Broadway. United States v. Caroline Walters 13-CR-951 … [Read More…]

Former City of Chicago Transportation Official Convicted of Corruption in Awarding of Red-Light Camera Contracts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2016 CHICAGO — The former assistant transportation commissioner for the city of Chicago was convicted today on federal corruption charges in connection with the awarding of lucrative red-light camera contracts. After a two-week trial in federal court in Chicago, the jury convicted JOHN BILLS on all counts against him. The … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. John Bills

On January 26, 2016, following a two week trial, a jury in the Northern District of Illinois foundJohn Bills, a former assistant transportation commissioner for the City of Chicago, guilty on alltwenty counts twenty counts, including federal corruption and filing false tax returns, for his rolein multi-year kickback scheme perpetrated in connection with the City’s … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Audit of Opportunities for Civilianization at CFD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Audit of Opportunities for Civilianization at CFD The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit assessing the opportunities for civilianization in the Chicago Fire Department (CFD). OIG found that CFD could save an estimated $1.2 million annually … [Read More…]

Audit of Opportunities for Civilianization in CFD

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of civilianization opportunities in the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to identify whether there were positions held by uniformed members that could instead be filled by civilians.[1] OIG and CFD agreed that positions which did not require or benefit sufficiently from firefighter or paramedic training, experience, or … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2015 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from October 1 through December 31, 2015 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. An OIG investigation that found a Commission on Animal Care and Control (CACC) employee left a dog in a CACC vehicle for five full five days and nights after an adoption event. … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2015 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2016 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2015 Report The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its fourth quarter report for 2015 to the City Council and City officials. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from October 1 through December 31, 2015. In his … [Read More…]