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OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2016 Report

Highlights of OIG activity from April 1 through June 30, 2016 are summarized below: An OIG investigation established that for three years a high ranking official in the Department of Buildings (DOB) conducted permit reviews and inspections at 32 properties where a very close friend served as the general contractor. OIG also established that the general contractor’s … [Read More…]

OIG Follow-Up Report on Audit of Loading Zone and Disabled Parking Sign Processes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 05, 2016 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Follow-Up Report on Audit of Loading Zone and Disabled Parking Sign Processes The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a report in follow-up to a June 2015 audit of the City’s loading zone and residential disabled parking sign application … [Read More…]

Follow-Up of Loading Zone and Residential Disabled Parking Sign Processes Audit

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its June 2015 Loading Zone and Residential Disabled Sign Processes audit of the Departments of Transportation (CDOT) and Finance (DOF). OIG concludes that CDOT and DOF have partially implemented corrective actions related to the audit findings. Our original audit revealed that … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Suggests the City Embrace Comprehensive Risk Analysis to Address Millions in Claims Payments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Advisory Suggests the City Embrace  Comprehensive Risk Analysis to Address Millions in Claims Payments The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an advisory identifying the absence of a comprehensive risk management program in Chicago and highlighting the substantial operational and … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Concerning Claims Analysis and Risk Management

An OIG inquiry determined that the City does not currently have a comprehensive risk management program and lacks the ability to analyze claims trends across the wide variety of claim types as is recommended best practice for local governments. This is a matter of significant concern because the City spends many tens of millions of dollars … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Brent Watson

On June 24, 2016, Brent Watson, a City of Chicago firefighter, was arraigned on criminal charges including two counts of theft (720 ILCS 5/16-1(a)) and one count each of burglary and wire fraud (720 ILCS 5/19-1(a) and 720 ILCS 5/17-24(b)). State of Illinois v. Brent Watson 16-CR-09145-01 (Cir. Ct. of Cook County, Ill.). The indictment alleges that Watson … [Read More…]

Jury Convicts Lockport Contractor of Defrauding City of Chicago’s Women-Owned Business Entity Procurement Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — A federal jury today convicted a Lockport subcontractor on fraud charges for scheming to help a general contractor falsely satisfy its female hiring requirement on city of Chicago construction projects. As the owner of a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, ELIZABETH PERINO agreed to allow her company to be claimed as … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Elizabeth Perino

On June 17, 2016, following a weeklong trial, a jury in the Northern District of Illinois found Elizabeth Perino, a former sub-contractor for the City of Chicago, guilty for actions taken to defraud the City of Chicago MWBE program. Perino was convicted on three counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud, 18 … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Audit of Administrative Hearings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534   OIG Releases Audit of Administrative Hearings The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit evaluating the timeliness of Department of Administrative Hearings’ (DOAH) case completion. OIG examined the ratio of closed to opened cases (clearance rate) and the … [Read More…]

Audit of DOAH Adjudication Timeliness

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Department of Administrative Hearings’ (DOAH) efforts to ensure timely adjudication of cases. The first objective of the audit was to determine if the Department used the nationally recognized performance measures of clearance rate and time to disposition to evaluate the flow of cases requiring … [Read More…]