Inspector General’s 2014 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee

Opening Statement of the Inspector General 2013 Budget Hearings, October 30, 2013 Madam Chair, and members of the City Council: Thank you for the opportunity to be here today before the Committee on the Budget & Government Operations.  I look forward to answering your questions and discussing the OIG’s 2014 budget request.  Thank you all for your … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 3rd Quarter 2014 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from July 1 through September 30, 2014 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. OIG notified the Chicago Police Department that certain routine human resource practices might lead to the improper issuance of retirement credentials to retiring exempt members who are not eligible to receive them. … [Read More…]

Review of Red Light Camera Program Management

This review of the City of Chicago Red-Light Camera (RLC) program was conducted at the request of the Mayor and the City Council. The primary objectives of the review were to, develop an understanding of and evaluate historical management of the RLC program, examine whether historical and current vendors and camera systems operate in accordance … [Read More…]

OIG Ordinance Amended To Include Interested Sister Agencies

On October 8, 2014, the Chicago City Council approved amendments to Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) 2-56 proposed by the Emanuel Administration that expands the jurisdictional authority of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General to the City’s “sister agencies.” Under the new law, interested sister agencies – such as the Public Building Commission, … [Read More…]

2015 Draft Annual Audit Plan

The 2015 Draft Annual Plan includes information on audits that OIG is currently considering for 2015, follow-up audits that are likely to occur in 2015, and audits completed year to date. OIG is soliciting comments from City Council, City Hall, and the public for a period of 45 days from the date of publication, or … [Read More…]

Chicago used car broker and taxicab operator arrested on federal charges

On September 29 the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Inspector General for the City of Chicago announced the arrest of Alexander Igolnikov. The indictment alleges that between 2007 and April 2010 Ignolikov conspired with three unnamed auto brokers, … [Read More…]

Follow-Up Audit of CACC’s Shelter Operations

The purpose of this follow-up audit was to determine the status of the Commission on Animal Care and Control’s (CACC) corrective response to a May 2013 OIG audit of CACC’s shelter operations. The 2013 audit found that CACC was significantly understaffed according to national standards and appropriated staffing levels and did not carry out veterinary examinations in a timely … [Read More…]

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…]