Press Releases

Please find our press releases below.

OIG Audit Finds City Could Not Determine Who Accessed Public Safety Cameras and Did Not Establish Operational Objectives for the Cameras

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Audit Finds City Could Not Determine Who Accessed Public Safety Cameras and Did Not Establish Operational Objectives for the Cameras An audit released today by the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) examined the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’s (OEMC) … [Read More…]

OIG Finds Only 43.9% of Restaurants and Similar Establishments Received All Required Routine Food Inspections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Finds Only 43.9% of Restaurants and Similar Establishments Received All Required Routine Food Inspections A City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit, released today, found that the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) did not meet the routine inspection frequency requirements … [Read More…]

KAREN FINLEY PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2016 CHICAGO — The former chief executive of Chicago’s first red-light camera vendor was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison and over $2 million in restitution for paying bribes to a city official to help procure the contracts. As the CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., KAREN FINLEY … [Read More…]

OIG Follow-Up Report on Audit of DFSS Homeless Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Follow-Up Report on Audit of DFSS Homeless Services A City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) follow-up report concludes that the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) continues to make improvements to its process for selecting and monitoring homeless service providers. … [Read More…]

Former City of Chicago Building Inspector Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Bribe from Property Owner to Allow Renovations Without a Permit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 20, 2016 CHICAGO — A former building inspector for the City of Chicago admitted in federal court today that he solicited a $300 bribe from a property owner in exchange for allowing renovation work without a permit. ROBERTO URIBE, 55, of Frankfort, demanded the bribe from an owner of a … [Read More…]

OIG Memo Regarding BOE Advisory Opinions Available Online

Press Advisory CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven   OIG Memo Regarding BOE Advisory Opinions Available Online   OIG has published an October 14, 2016, memo from Inspector General Joe Ferguson to the Board of Ethics (BOE) regarding BOE’s policies for advisory opinions. The memo is available at http://bit.ly/2dra67L   ###

OIG Releases 3rd Quarter 2016 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2016 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Releases 3rd Quarter 2016 Report The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its third quarter report for 2016 to the City Council and City officials. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from July 1 through September 30, 2016. In … [Read More…]

Draft of OIG’s 2017 Audit Plan Available for Public Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 Draft of OIG’s 2017 Audit Plan Available for Public Comment The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published a draft of the 2017 Annual Plan for its Audit and Program Review Section. The Audit Plan includes information on audits that OIG … [Read More…]

OIG Follow-Up Report on Audit of DSS Garbage Collection Performance Measurement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Follow-Up Report on Audit of DSS Garbage Collection Performance Measurement A City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) follow-up report concludes that the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) continues to make significant improvements to its garbage collection efficiency in response to … [Read More…]

FORMER CITY OF CHICAGO TRANSPORTATION OFFICIAL SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS FOR CORRUPTION IN AWARDING OF RED-LIGHT CAMERA CONTRACTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO – The former assistant transportation commissioner for the city of Chicago was sentenced today to ten years in federal prison for his role in a corruption scheme involving the city’s red-light camera contracts. A jury in January convicted JOHN BILLS, 55, of Chicago, on all counts against him. The conviction included nine … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Determines IPRA Reporting Inaccurate and Incomplete

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Advisory Determines IPRA Reporting Inaccurate and Incomplete In an advisory released today, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that the Independent Police Review Authority’s (IPRA) public reporting of officer use of force was inaccurate and incomplete prior to 2015. … [Read More…]

OIG Audit Finds City Bills Accurately for Emergency Medical Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534   OIG Audit Finds City Bills Accurately for Emergency Medical Services The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit of the Department of Finance’s (DOF) billing for emergency medical services (EMS) provided by the Chicago Fire Department. Based on … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2016 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2016 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2016 Report The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its second quarter report for 2016 to the City Council and City officials. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from April 1 through June 30, 2016. In his … [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Chicago Man Arraigned on Theft Charges for City of Chicago Ticketing Scam

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with the City of Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to announce theft charges against Christopher C. Williams of Chicago for allegedly stealing money from victims and the City of Chicago under the guise that he was paying off the victims’ City of Chicago tickets and … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Examines City’s Policy and Procedure Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Advisory Examines City’s Policy and Procedure Management The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an advisory regarding the City’s documentation of operating policies and procedures. The advisory comes after past OIG investigations and audits found that the lack of … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Audit of CFD Uniform Provision and Replacement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2016 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Audit of CFD Uniform Provision and Replacement The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit assessing the issuance, exchange, and repair of uniform items at the Chicago Fire Department (CFD)   Commissary, a vendor-run storefront that issues or … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2016 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2016 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2016 Report The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its first quarter report for 2016 to the City Council and City officials. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from January 1 through March 31, 2016. In his … [Read More…]

City of Chicago Building Inspector Charged with Demanding Bribe From Property Owner in Exchange for Allowing Renovations Without a Permit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — A building inspector for the City of Chicago was arrested today for allegedly demanding a $300 bribe from a property owner in exchange for allowing renovation work without a permit. ROBERTO URIBE, 55, of Chicago, is charged with attempted extortion for soliciting the bribe from an owner of a two-story … [Read More…]

Chicago Real Estate Developer Convicted on Federal Fraud Charges for Swindling Banks and the City Out of Millions of Dollars in Loans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — A federal jury today convicted the president of a Chicago real estate firm on fraud charges relating to a $105 million line of credit for city and suburban properties, including a former Goldblatt’s Department Store on the North Side and the Streets of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The fraud perpetrated … [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

OIG Releases Audit of City Hiring Timeliness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2015                                                                         CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Audit of City Hiring Timeliness The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit assessing the timeliness of the City’s hiring, a process involving the Department of Human Resources (DHR), the Office of Budget and Management … [Read More…]

OIG Publishes Pavement Management Audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2015                                                                         CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Publishes Pavement Management Audit The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) pavement management program. The audit found that the program was neither efficient nor cost-effective. OIG estimates … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Statement Regarding Benchmarks to Good Government Oversight

Opening Statement of the Inspector General, the Joint Committee on Workforce Development and Audit; Committees, Rules and Ethics Opening Statement of the Inspector General, December 14, 2015   Chairs and Members of the Committee on Workforce Development and Audit and the Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics:  Good morning Chairman O’Connor and Chairman Harris and all … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 2016 Audit Plan and List of Upcoming Audits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases 2016 Audit Plan and List of Upcoming Audits The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published the 2016 Annual Audit Plan for its Audit and Program Review Section. The Plan outlines: audits that OIG is considering for 2016, follow-up … [Read More…]

OIG Follows Up on Audit of BACP Medallion Sales and Taxicab Inspections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2015 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Follows Up on Audit of BACP Medallion Sales and Taxicab Inspections The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a report in follow-up to a March 2015 audit of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) taxicab regulatory compliance. OIG’s audit … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 3rd Quarter 2015 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2015 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Releases 3rd Quarter 2015 Report The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its third quarter report for 2015 to the City Council and City officials. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from July 1 through September 30, 2015. In his … [Read More…]

Draft of OIG’s 2016 Audit Plan Available for Public Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 Draft of OIG’s 2016 Audit Plan Available for Public Comment The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published a draft of the 2016 Annual Plan for its Audit and Program Review Section. The Plan includes information on audits that OIG is … [Read More…]

OIG Publishes Audit of DFSS Homeless Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Publishes Audit of DFSS Homeless Services The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit of the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) homeless services. From 2013 to 2014 DFSS spent approximately $60.0 million in taxpayer funds on … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Alexander Igolnikov

On August 13, 2015, Alexander Igolnikov, owner of Seven Amigos Used Cars Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport, receive and possess a counterfeit security in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, 2314, and 2315. United States v. Alexander Igolnikov -14-CR-484 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). From 2007 through April 2010, Igolnikov knowingly obtained … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Advisory Regarding the City’s Wellness Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Advisory Regarding the City’s Wellness Program The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an advisory regarding Chicago Lives Healthy, the City’s employee wellness program. The advisory finds that the City is spending over $3 million annually on the … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Follow-Up on 2014 DOB Elevator Inspection Audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Follow-Up on 2014 DOB Elevator Inspection Audit The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a follow-up to a 2014 audit assessing the Department of Building’s (DOB) compliance with the City’s annual elevator inspection requirements. The 2014 audit examined … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2015 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2015 Report The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its second quarter report for 2015 to the City Council and City officials. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from April 1 through June 30, 2015. OIG’s work continues … [Read More…]

OIG Publishes Audit of City Water Service Inventory and Revenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Publishes Audit of City Water Service Inventory and Revenue The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit of the City’s water service account inventory and revenue, managed primarily by the Department of Water Management (DWM) and the Department … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Advisory Concerning Waste Disposal from City Infrastructure Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Advisory Concerning Waste Disposal from City Infrastructure Projects The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published an advisory on the disposal of non-hazardous waste from city infrastructure projects. The report explains that the City has failed to enforce its contract … [Read More…]

OIG Publishes Audit of City’s Loading Zone and Disabled Parking Sign Processes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Publishes Audit of City’s Loading Zone and Disabled Parking Sign Processes The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit of the City’s loading zone and residential disabled parking sign application processes. The loading zone and disabled parking sign … [Read More…]

Revenue Inspector Sentenced To 12 Months Probation For Extortion

A former Revenue Inspector for the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve to 12 months’ probation as a result of his conviction of extortion under color of official right. ELIAS GARZA, 55, of Chicago pled guilty in February 2011 to a … [Read More…]

350Green Executives Indicted For Scheming To Defraud Chicago and Others Of Grant Funds

Owners of a green tech startup company that installed and maintained charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles were indicted on March 3rd, 2015, by a federal grand jury for allegedly engaging in a scheme to fraudulently obtain federal and state grant funds, from the City of Chicago, the State of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Abd Ayesh

On January 27th, 2015, former Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) tax and license compliance supervisor Abd Ayesh pleaded guilty to official misconduct and theft of cigarette cartons confiscated by BACP. The Circuit Court of Cook County sentenced Ayesh to two years of probation to include the completion of the Treatment Alternative for … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Elizabeth Perino

On December 18th, 2014, Elizabeth Perino was charged for federal indictment with mail and wire fraud for her part in defrauding the City of Chicago MWBE program. The indictment, which followed a joint investigation by OIG and FBI, alleges that Perino, through her company, Perdel Contracting Company, acted as a pass-through on a multi-million dollar … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Martin O’Malley

Significant Activity Report:United States of America v. Martin O’Malley 14-CR-315-2 (U.S.D.C. ND IL) On December 10, 2014, Martin O’Malley entered a voluntary plea of guilty for conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371. In entering this plea O’Malley agrees that he conspired to corruptly solicit and to accept cash payments and other personal … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco

Significant Activity Report:United States of America v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco 11-CR-316 (U.S.D.C. ND IL) On December 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed thedistrict court’s rulings in the case of United States v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco 11-CR-316 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). The appellants, Guy Potter and … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Daniel Rankins

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Daniel Rankins 13-CR-331 (U.S.D.C. ND IL) On December 1, 2014, Daniel Rankins pled guilty to devising or intending to devise a scheme and participating in a scheme to defraud the City of Chicago in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 157.  Rankins faces a maximum sentence of up to five … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al.

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al., 14CR-18627 (Cir. Ct. of Cook Cty) On October 30, 2014, Lennie Perry, a former Pool Motor Truck Driver for the City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, was arraigned on an indictment returned by a Cook County grand jury on October 17, 2014. The … [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…]

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 on 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…]

Audit of BACP’s Business Compliance and Enforcement Division

The Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Department plays an important role in protecting the public’s health and safety as well as City revenues. BACP inspects businesses for code violations, expired food, expired baby formula, and unstamped (or untaxed) cigarettes, among other items. The sale of unstamped cigarettes is a particularly challenging problem for Chicago, which … [Read More…]

Audit of DSS’s Garbage Service Enforcement

The “grandfather” clause in MCC § 7-28-240 provides for City garbage collection service to certain multi-unit dwellings that would otherwise be required to procure private garbage service. Until recently, DSS’s “grandfather list” had not been updated since 2007 and contained 2,402 properties. An informal survey by DSS, following initial OIG inquiries, concluded in March 2014 … [Read More…]

Retired Chicago Official Arrested On Federal Bribery Charge

On May 14th the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago, and the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General announced the arrest of John Bills. Bills was arrested for allegedly accepting cash and personal benefits totaling hundreds of thousands of … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2014 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from January 1 through March 31, 2014 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. In response to an OIG Department Notification about the improper destruction of garbage carts by Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) workers, DSS urged that residents report damaged or unwanted garbage carts … [Read More…]

Audit of CPD Assault-Related Crime Statistics

OIG found that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) incorrectly classified 3.1% of 2012 assault-related events contained in incident reports, under the 10% error rate that the FBI states is acceptable for agencies participating in its national reporting program. In addition, CPD’s CompStat reports and the City’s Data Portal accurately reflected the assault-related incidents in CPD’s … [Read More…]

City Contractor Receives 17 Month Jail Sentence and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Defrauding City’s MWBE Program

On March 13, 2014 Jesse Brunt, owner of Brunt Brothers Transfer, Inc., a certified minority-owned business, was sentenced to a jail term of 17 months in connection with a scheme to defraud the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program. Jesse Brunt and Brunt Brothers Transfer Inc. were ordered to pay $533,749 in restitution … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2013 Report

The report provides a summary of OIG activity from October 1 through December 31, 2013. The final quarterly report of 2013 reflects a maturing oversight body that fully inhabits its statutory mission to root out misconduct, waste, and inefficiency. In the last year the office expanded the responsibilities of its Hiring Oversight section, and its … [Read More…]

Audit of CDOT Service Requests

This audit examines the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) 311 service request performance reporting from 2010 through 2012. The audit found that CDOT, Regularly met its goals for repair of traffic lights, pavement cave-ins, and stop signs. Did not meet its self-determined targets for pothole and street light repair in any of the three years … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Suspensions for Historical Shakman Violations

This advisory highlights inconsistencies in the implementation of employee discipline meted out by the City. It comes after an Office of Inspector General (OIG) review of disciplinary actions found critical variations in the way sanctions were carried out across and within City departments. The lack of a clear central policy resulted in some employees escaping … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on Opportunities for Civilianization in CPD

This report is a follow up to a January 2013 Review of Opportunities for Civilianization in the Chicago Police Department. Looking across 370 positions in the original review, OIG found a total of 292 full-duty sworn officers filling jobs that did not require the authority, skills, knowledge, or experience specific to sworn officers. The January … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 3rd Quarter 2013 Report

The OIG’s 3rd Quarter 2013 report provides a summary of OIG activity from July 1 through September 30, 2013. This quarter brought the start of additional responsibilities and functions for the OIG. As of July 1, 2013 the OIG holds investigative authority for ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance violations concerning executive branch personnel and activities … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on CPD’s ERPS

Today October 10, 2013 OIG released the findings of a follow-up inquiry into actions taken by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in response to a September OIG 2012 audit of internal controls of CPD’s Evidence and Recovered Property Section (ERPS). The 2012 OIG audit showed that CPD ERPS failed to ensure that evidence and property … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Interim Revised Rules and Regulations

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) is posting its Interim Revised Rules and Regulations for the conduct of OIG investigations in order to solicit broad feedback and public comment. The revised rules and regulations are designated as interim to permit a 45-day period of public notice and comment consistent with best practices … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Second Quarter 2013 Report

The OIG transmitted its second quarter report for 2013 to the City Council and City officials on July 15, 2013. The report provides a summary of OIG activity from April 1 through June 30, 2013. This quarter’s report includes summaries of three OIG audits, one advisory, three financial recoveries, and four administrative investigations it transmitted to … [Read More…]

Audit of City’s Grid-Based Garbage Collection System

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently attempted to evaluate the City’s transition from a ward-based to a grid-based garbage collection system, and identify how management would continue to drive efficiency gains in the future. However, the Commissioner for the City Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) walked out of a meeting … [Read More…]

USAO, FBI, and OIG Announce Arrest

On April 25, 2013, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General announced the arrest of a Chicago man for allegedly soliciting and accepting a $600 cash payment to assist with filing a false bankruptcy case … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2013 Report

The OIG’s 1st Quarter 2013 report provides a summary of OIG activity from January 1 through March 31, 2013. Of particular concern to the OIG this quarter was the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Ferguson v. Patton. “Earlier this quarter, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that this office cannot enforce its own subpoenas,” said Inspector … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Statement Regarding Ferguson v. Patton Ruling

Inspector General Joseph M. Ferguson released the following statement after reviewing the March 21, 2013 Illinois Supreme Court ruling in Ferguson v. Patton: Today, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the OIG does not have the statutory authority to enforce its own subpoenas. The Court’s opinion requires the OIG to go to the City’s Corporation … [Read More…]

OIG Publishes New Report Describing City’s Spending for 2012 NATO Summit

The OIG published a report describing the sources and uses of funding for the 2012 Chicago North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit. The OIG does not make any recommendations in the report, but instead provides the public with a simplified summary of the origin and final uses of $27.4 million the City spent on the … [Read More…]

OIG Recommends Civilianizing 292 Police Officer Positions to Save City At Least $6.4 Million Annually

The OIG recommended that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) civilianize 292 positions to save the City an estimated $6.4 to $16.6 million annually. The report analyzed opportunities to civilianize certain positions in 30 separate CPD units, and found that at least 292 full-time positions of the 370 reviewed could be filled by civilians. The 30 … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2012 Report

On January 18, 2013, the OIG transmitted its fourth quarter report for 2012 to the City Council and City officials. Available on the OIG website, the report provides a summary of OIG activity from October 1 through December 31, 2012. This Quarterly makes several minor formatting changes to better account for the nature of OIG operations … [Read More…]

Audit of CPD Tuition Repayment

OIG released an audit that found waste and inefficiency in the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) administration of its Tuition Reimbursement Program (TRP). OIG sought to determine if CPD was effectively administering the $6.5 million program. Among its findings, OIG found $180,375 owed to the City by 15 employees who resigned City service prior to their … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Follow-up Report on Charitable Donations in TIF Public Benefits Clauses

On November 26, 2012, the OIG released a follow-up report to its October 2011 review of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Public Benefits Clauses and Charitable Donations. The follow-up report has two major findings. First, it describes 10 additional previously undisclosed public benefits clauses. Second, it details the City’s actions in response to the OIG’s 2011 … [Read More…]

OIG Recommends Changes to City’s Animal Exhibition License & Permit Procedures

Following a series of complaints regarding the welfare of circus animals visiting Chicago and whether the City had adequate licensing and enforcement provisions in place for animal exhibitors, the OIG reviewed the City’s regulation of animal exhibitors. The OIG’s review found that traveling animal exhibitors present a special enforcement challenge for the City given the … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Third Quarter 2012 Report

OIG transmitted its third quarter report for 2012 to the City Council and City officials. The report provides a summary of OIG activity from July 1 through September 30, 2012. “Investigative data alone isn’t sufficient to provide a real understanding of how OIG works,” said Inspector General Joe Ferguson. “This report, comprised of investigative case … [Read More…]

OIG Publishes New Report Describing City’s Powers Under the Parking Meter Concession

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey OIG Publishes New Report Describing City’s Powers Under the Parking Meter Concession The OIG has published a report describing the City’s rights and powers retained under the 2008 Metered Parking Concession Agreement with Chicago Parking Meters, LLC. The report provides the public and City … [Read More…]

SEIU Local 1 President and Inspector General Exchange Correspondence on Revenue & Savings Options Report

On October 3, 2012, President Thomas Balanoff of SEIU Local 1 wrote Inspector General Joe Ferguson a letter indicating concerns about OIG’s recent report on Savings & Revenue Options for the City of Chicago. The IG responded via letter on October 9, 2012. To further promote efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity in the City’s operations by … [Read More…]

Owner of Defunct Azteca Supply Co. and Her Husband Sentenced to Federal Prison in Connection With Minority Contract Fraud

The owner of a defunct Chicago company once certified as a minority- and woman-owned business and her husband were sentenced to federal prison terms today in connection with public contract fraud involving projects at O’Hare International Airport and in the Village of Orland Park. Aurora Venegas, the owner of Azteca Supply Co., who pleaded guilty … [Read More…]

Audit of CPD’s ERPS

OIG has released an audit of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Evidence and Recovered Property Section (ERPS). The OIG audit found that CPD’s internal controls for ERPS failed to ensure that evidence and property were adequately protected, properly documented, and readily available when required. OIG audit testing revealed that ERPS personnel could not locate a … [Read More…]

State Supreme Court Oral Arguments Tomorrow

Oral arguments for the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General’s lawsuit against the City’s Corporation Counsel will take place in Springfield, IL at 9 o’clock Thursday morning. What:                         Oral Arguments When:                        9am, 9/20/12 Where:                      Supreme Court Building 200 E Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL … [Read More…]

OIG Offers Department of Buildings Recommendations to Improve Enforcement of Certificate of Occupancy Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 11, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey OIG Offers Department of Buildings Recommendations to Improve Enforcement of Certificate of Occupancy Requirements The OIG has released recommendations it made to the Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) to improve DOB’s enforcement of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) requirements. A City of Chicago Inspector … [Read More…]

Former City Inspector Sentenced to 2½ Years in Prison for Taking Bribes to Help More Than 500 Individuals Obtain State Food Sanitation Certificates

Maryanne Koll, a retired Chicago Public Health Department food sanitation inspector, was sentenced today to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bribery for accepting at least $96,930 in return for fraudulently arranging to provide bogus food service certificates for at least 531 individuals. The defendant, who operated Kollmar Food Safety Institute … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Report Describing the City’s Labor Agreements with its Police Officers and Firefighters

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published a review of the collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) that govern the relationships between the City of Chicago and its police officers and firefighters.  These CBAs affect nearly 17,000 current employees—over half the City’s workforce—and contain provisions that have a substantial financial impact on the … [Read More…]

OIG Finds Waste in City’s Emergency Contracting Practices

  OIG has published a report on the Chicago Department of Procurement’s (DPS) emergency contracting process. The report details how DPS awarded a series of emergency contracts from March 2010 through April 2011 contrary to its own internal emergency procurement policies. Specifically, DPS awarded a supplier ten separate unadvertised emergency contracts for concrete sewer pipes … [Read More…]

Inspector General Issues Statement Respecting City Council Finance Committee Denial of Access to City Duty Disability Program Records

On May 18, 2012, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) made a formal written request to the City Council Committee on Finance for access to databases related to the City’s self-managed and self-insured workers’ compensation program for reimbursing employees injured on the job—more commonly known as Duty Disability.  The written request followed … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on Downtown Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program

On July 20, OIG published a follow-up report to its 2011 Downtown Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program Audit. The report can be downloaded via the link on the right.

OIG Releases Report on City’s Reclassification Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey OIG Releases Report on City’s Reclassification Process The OIG has published a review of the City’s position title reclassification process administered by the Department of Human Resources (DHR). The OIG review identifies deficiencies in the Reclassification Rules that inhibit the City’s reclassification system’s effectiveness, … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2012 Report

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its second quarter report for 2012 to the City Council and City officials. Available for download on the right of your screen, the report provides a summary of OIG activity from April 1 through June 30, 2012. Seven of the 14 investigations summarized in … [Read More…]

Mistakes in Booter Scheduling Waste Approximately $320,000 Over Two Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534  Jonathan Davey Mistakes in Booter Scheduling Waste Approximately $320,000 Over Two Years   The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on the Chicago Department of Finance’s (DOF) “vehicle immobilization program,” better known as the “boot program.” The investigation revealed that, as … [Read More…]

Lapses in Aviation Contracting Process Leads to at Least $55,000 in Cost Overruns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Lapses in Aviation Contracting Process Leads to at Least $55,000 in Cost Overruns The OIG released a report on the Chicago Department of Aviation’s (CDA) contracting process, as well as the CDA’s response to the OIG’s findings. Following an investigation, the OIG identified lapses … [Read More…]

OIG Statement Regarding Arbitration Decision for Fire Prevention Bureau Employees

The following is Inspector Joseph M. Ferguson’s statement regarding the recent arbitration decision on Fire Prevention Bureau employees found to have been stealing from the City: Last year, after a lengthy investigation, my office determined that firefighters assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau routinely lied on their mileage reimbursement requests in order to defraud the … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Recommendations for Improving the SSA Establishment Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 4, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478 -0534  Jonathan Davey OIG Releases Recommendations for Improving the SSA Establishment Proce The OIG published a review of the process for establishing Special Service Area (SSA) taxing districts, as well as the official response to the report from the City’s Department of Housing & Economic Development (HED). The … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 2012 First Quarter Report

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its first quarter report for 2012 to the City Council and City officials. Available on the OIG website, the report provides a summary of OIG activity from January 1 through March 31, 2012. “We take the same approach with our Quarterly Reports as we … [Read More…]

Audit of DFSS Grant Monitoring

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an audit of the City’s Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) grant monitoring practices. The audit reviewed DFSS’ policies and procedures for managing grants made to delegate agencies. The audit focused on procedures in place during 2010 and found that despite some deficiencies, DFSS’ … [Read More…]

Crooked Code: Former City Employee Sentenced for Role in Operation Crooked Code

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General and the United States Attorney’s Office announced that a former City employee was sentenced to one year and one day in prison after having been found guilty of two counts of bribery. In November 2011, Dominick Owens, of Chicago, was found guilty of accepting two separate bribes … [Read More…]

OIG Finds Waste in Department of Aviation GPS Contracts

OIG published a report concluding that the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) wasted at least $171,000 on GPS service contracts that it failed to utilize. The report details failure of management oversight and underutilization of resources, which spanned the terms of three CDA commissioners and involved multiple employees from the top down. In 2006 and … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Recommendations and Responses Regarding Cashiering and Mail Delivery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478 -0534 Jonathan Davey OIG Releases Recommendations and City Responses Regarding Cashiering and Mail Delivery The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) today published recommendations made to the City Comptroller and the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding efficiency in operations and loss … [Read More…]

OIG Statement Regarding City’s Settlement With Allied Waste Transportation, Inc.

The City of Chicago settled civil claims with Allied Waste Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Services, Inc, related to Allied’s long-running violations of Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) provisions in Allied’s waste hauling contracts with the City. The OIG offered a statement on the settlement. It is  available via downloadable PDF … [Read More…]

City Releases Open Chicago 2012 Budget Hearing Documents

During the City Council hearings on the City’s 2012 Budget in October and November 2011, City Departments submitted information to the City Council based on Aldermanic questions of the departments made prior to and during the hearings. The material includes each commissioner’s opening statement during the budget hearings and detailed information regarding departmental operations. Following … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Review of City Residency Waivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2011 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey OIG Releases Review of City Residency Waivers The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report today on the City’s policy and process for issuing residency waivers for employees. For some years, the City has granted temporary waivers to the residency … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s 2012 Statement to Chicago City Council Budget Committee

Opening Statement of the Inspector General 2012 Budget Hearings Madam Chair, and members of the City Council: At the nearly two year mark of my term, the OIG continues to provide Chicago residents with an important service – guarding against waste, fraud, abuse, and inefficiency in City government. Over the past year, OIG audits and program … [Read More…]

OIG Review of Mileage Use in the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau

In 2011 OIG completed an investigation into mileage reimbursement claims in the Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB). In short, OIG found that in 2009 – just a one-year snapshot of what many in CFD volunteered has been a decades-long practice – 54 FPB inspectors and supervisors conservatively stole approximately $100,000 taxpayer dollars by filing false certifications … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Third Quarter 2011 Report

On October 14, 2011, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) transmitted its third quarter report for 2011 to the City Council and City officials. The report provides a summary of OIG activity from July 1 through September 30, 2011. In addition to narrative summaries of OIG investigations, the report includes specific policy … [Read More…]

OIG Review of TIF Public Benefits Clauses and Charitable Donations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2011 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey OIG Releases Review of Charitable Donations in TIF Public Benefits Clauses The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released a review of TIF Public Benefits Clauses and Charitable Donations. Private charitable entities are sometimes named as beneficiaries in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) … [Read More…]

2011 Budget Options – Printable Version

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2011 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Inspector General Announces Second Annual Budget Options Report for the City of Chicago Focused on meeting its mandate of promoting efficiency and effectiveness in City government, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released its annual report of Budget Options for … [Read More…]

Former City Inspector Convicted of Taking Bribes to Help Obtain State Food Sanitation Certificates for More Than 500 Individuals.

A southwest suburban woman who was authorized by the Illinois Department of Public Health to teach food service sanitation classes and administer state certification exams was convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery for accepting at least $79,650 in return for fraudulently arranging to provide bogus certificates for at least 531 individuals. The defendant, Maryanne Koll, … [Read More…]

Best Practices and Recommendations for SSA Transparency


Review of World Business Chicago and the TIF approval process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2011 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey OIG Releases Report on World Business Chicago and the TIF Approval Process Today, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a review of World Business Chicago’s (WBC) involvement in the City’s approval of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposals. The OIG report found … [Read More…]

Effects of the Furlough Program on the Use of Overtime

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, in the face of large budget deficits, one cost cutting strategy of the City of Chicago has been to require a portion of the City’s workforce to take unpaid time off (this strategy is commonly known as furloughs). Our review revealed that the furlough program has not resulted in a … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Second Quarter 2011 Report

On Friday, July 15, 2011, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) transmitted its second quarter 2011 report to City officials and residents. The report summarizes OIG activities over the last quarter, which includes the transition period between the Daley and Emanuel administrations. Specifically, it includes narrative summaries of OIG investigations and policy … [Read More…]

Inspector General Releases Report on Fire Department Overtime Payments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2011 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Inspector General Releases Report on Fire Department Overtime Payments The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) transmitted a report to the City concerning overtime and holiday premium payments to certain “exempt” members of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD). The review had two … [Read More…]

Follow Up Review of the MWBE Program

OIG released a follow up review of the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program. This follow-up report details changes in the program over the past year, the challenges the program still faces, and recommendations for the new administration and City Council to consider in rebuilding the program to make it function effectively.  We … [Read More…]

Inspector General Issues Statement on City’s New Department of Human Resources Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2011  CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Inspector General Issues Statement on City’s New Department of Human Resources Commissioner Inspector General Joe Ferguson released the following statement on Deputy Inspector General Soo Choi being named the Commissioner for the City’s Department of Human Resources by Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel: “Today, Mayor-elect Emanuel … [Read More…]

OIG Releases First Quarter 2011 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2011 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Inspector General Releases First Quarter 2011 Report On Thursday, April 14, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) submitted its first quarter 2011 report to City officials and residents. “This is the fifth narrative quarterly report I’ve sent to the City, and … [Read More…]

Audit of OEMC Spending

OIG released an audit of the City’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) today. OIG performed an audit of payments disbursed by OEMC from January 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009 in order to review contract management and pay disbursement procedures. In seeking to determine whether OEMC had effective and efficient operations and internal … [Read More…]

Inspector General Announces New Transparency Initiative “Open Chicago”

Citing the importance of promoting and enhancing transparency in City government Inspector General Joe Ferguson today announced “Open Chicago,” a new transparency initiative. Hosted on the City of Chicago’s Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) newly redesigned website, the initiative is aimed at increasing the public’s understanding of City government and to further the OIG’s mandate … [Read More…]

Impact of The City of Chicago’s 2009-2011 Furloughs on Employee Pensions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2011 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Inspector General Releases Report on City Furlough Program’s Impact on Pensions The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report today stating that the City publicly overstated savings realized from its furlough program by $11.05 million. Additionally, the OIG report found that … [Read More…]

Crooked Code: Expediter Sentenced to Three Years Probation

A former Chicago woman who provided extraordinary cooperation in Operation Crooked Code, a federal public corruption investigation of the City of Chicago building permit process, avoided prison and was sentenced on January 14, 2011 to three years of probation. The defendant, Catherine Romasanta, testified in four federal trials about how she paid bribes to city … [Read More…]

OIG 4th Quarter 2010 Quarterly Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2011  CONTACT: (773) 478-5231 Aaron Feinstein Inspector General Announces Fourth Quarter 2010 Report On Thursday, January 13, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) submitted this year’s fourth quarterly report to Chicago’s elected officials and residents. “This report provides Chicagoans with a better understanding of how their City … [Read More…]

OIG Report and Recommendations Regarding Gifts from Contractors to City of Chicago Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2010 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534  Jonathan Davey OIG Recommends the City Move to a No-Gifts Policy for Employees In response to a series of investigations concerning violations of the City’s gift policy (Section 2-156-040 of the City of Chicago’s Ethics Ordinance), the OIG is recommending that the Mayor institute a City-wide “no-gifts” policy. … [Read More…]

Crooked Code: City Inspector Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Bribery of Probe Permits

A City of Chicago building inspector was sentenced December 17, 2010 to three years in federal prison after being convicted at trial in September on bribery charges for accepting two $1,000 cash bribes from a cooperating contractor and demanding two $2,000 cash bribes from developers to approve inspections at residential and commercial construction sites, federal … [Read More…]

Crooked Code: Contractor Sentenced For Bribery Under Operation Crooked Code

 A former general contractor was sentenced to 5 years of probation today December 13, 2010 in federal court. Padraig Gravin pled guilty to bribery charges on March 2, 2010 for trying to pay a $500 bribe to a City official. The bribe was meant to secure a favorable inspection related to the issuance of a … [Read More…]

Audit of Cash Handling and Sticker Inventory

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit of cash handling and sticker inventory procedures of the Clerk’s Cicero/Archer South Side Satellite Office. The audit stemmed from an OIG investigation referred by the City Clerk’s Office. Noting concerns of systemic irregularities at a satellite office under a previous City Clerk, the … [Read More…]

City Employee Sentenced to 41 Months in Federal Prison for Bribery

A City of Chicago employee was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison today. Mario Olivella, 43, has been a supervisory plumbing inspector for the City’s Department of Buildings since 1998. A federal jury found him guilty in January of two counts of bribery and conspiracy for taking bribes to overlook code violations at a … [Read More…]

Recommendation to Implement GPS Technology in Chicago Taxicabs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report recommending that the City consider implementing an integrated, fleet-wide Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system that tracks the movement of on-duty taxicabs. The program review and report was prompted by a recent hit-and-run incident allegedly involving a taxicab that resulted in the death of … [Read More…]

Former City Contractor Arrested for Theft

Following a City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation, an indictment has been filed in the Ciruit Court of Cook County charging a former City of Chicago contractor with four counts of theft from City of Chicago.

Crooked Code: City Employee Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison

A City of Chicago employee was sentenced to 21 months in prison today August 27, 2010 for bribery. Tom Ziroli, a 64 year old former Ventilation Inspector with the Department of Buildings, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, a $15,000 fine, an additional $100 special assessment, and will be required to pay … [Read More…]

Former City Inspector Sentenced for Bribery

A former senior inspector with the City of Chicago Department of Environment was sentenced to one year and one day in prison yesterday.

Former Ward Superintendent to Spend Nearly a Year in Jail for Vote Fraud

A former superintendent in the City’s Department of Streets and Sanitation was sentenced to 364 days in the Cook County Department of Corrections today. Anish Eapen, 39, was found guilty after on June 24 on multiple counts of vote fraud for attempting to persuade voters in the 50th Ward to vote by absentee ballot in … [Read More…]

Former City Worker Arraigned Theft, Official Misconduct, and Obstruction of Justice Charges

A fourteen count indictment has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County charging a former City of Chicago employee with eight counts of theft, four counts of official misconduct, and two counts of obstruction of justice.

Crooked Code: City Zoning Investigator Sentenced to 31 Months

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General and the United States Attorney’s Office announced that a City of Chicago Zoning Investigator was sentenced to 31 months in prison today to be followed by two years of supervised release as a result of his conviction for accepting a $500 bribe in exchange for providing a … [Read More…]

City of Chicago Employee Convicted of Vote Fraud

A ward superintendent for the City’s Department of Streets and Sanitation and another man were convicted today for their attempts to tamper with absentee ballots and influence the results of the 2007 aldermanic elections. The case is the result of a joint investigation by the City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office and Cook County States … [Read More…]

Former Executive Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the City in Bid-Rigging Attempt

The former president of a Schaumburg based business admitted in federal court today to participating in a scheme to win a City contract using fraudulent documents and inflated bids. Douglas E. Ritter was to go on trial later this month, along with co-defendant Steven Fenzl, for multiple charges outlined in an April 2009 indictment. The … [Read More…]

Former City Tourism Fund Worker Guilty of Felony Theft, Pays $20,000 Restitution to City as Part of Plea Agreement

A former Department of Cultural Affairs worker entered a guilty plea today in Cook County Criminal Court, as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Ming Liu (now Ming Liu Bengtsson) was indicted last August for felony theft, forgery, and official misconduct, following an investigation by the Chicago Inspector General’s Office.

Inspector General Issues Statement in Support of Mayor’s Proposal to Expand its Jurisdiction

Inspector General Joe Ferguson issued a statement today strongly supporting the Mayor’s proposal to expand OIG’s jurisdiction to include oversight for City Council and the City’s hiring practices.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts City Contractor on Fraud Charges

Following a joint investigation by the Chicago Inspector General’s Office and the FBI, a federal grand jury today returned a six-count indictment against a City contractor, as well as its owner and her spouse on felony fraud charges. Azteca Supply Co., a certified minority-and-woman-owned enterprise for the City of Chicago, is accused of receiving more … [Read More…]

Former Non-Profit Executive Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft; Sentence Includes Year in Prison, $100k in Restitution to City

The former head of a non-profit social service organization pled guilty today in Cook County Circuit Court to one count of felony theft of government funds. Patti Buffington, 51, of Chicago was arrested in October 2006 and charged for the misappropriation of city, state, and federal funds provided to Genesis House – an organization that … [Read More…]

City Council confirms Joseph Ferguson as Inspector General

Members of the City Council voted unanimously to confirm Joseph Ferguson as the new Inspector General of the City of Chicago. Ferguson takes the position after spending more than 15 years in the United States Attorney’s Office, most recently serving as Chief of the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Section. He had worked previously in that … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Office files suit

The Inspector General’s Office (OIG) for the City of Chicago filed an action in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, to enforce a subpoena for documents that OIG served on the City’s Department of Law. OIG took this step because the Law Department has not complied with OIG’s subpoena, and … [Read More…]

Crooked Code: Inspector pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate

A City of Chicago zoning inspector has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. In exchange for his cooperation, federal prosecutors are recommending that William Wellhausen be sentenced to 15 months in prison and pay fines totaling more than $33,000.

City Dept. of Environment inspector facing federal charges for bribery

A criminal complaint has been unsealed against Michael Cease, an inspector in the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment. Cease is charged with federal bribery for allegedly accepting two cash bribe payments totaling $1,150 in September. The 39-year-old was arrested following an investigation by the City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office and the FBI.

Crooked Code: City inspector arrested, charged with bribery

A City of Chicago building inspector was arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint for allegedly accepting cash bribes. The complaint alleges Dominick Owens took more than $20,000 in bribes. In return for delivering Certificates of Occupancy for numerous construction projects.

Crooked Code: Federal Jury Convicts City Buildings Supervisor

A jury in U.S. District Court has convicted Michael Reese (a Supervising Building/Construction Inspector for the City of Chicago) on two counts of making false statements and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud. Reese becomes the 12th person convicted as part of “Operation Crooked Code”, a joint investigation between the Department of Justice and … [Read More…]

Former City Worker Indicted on Theft, Official Misconduct, and Forgery Charges

The Cook County State’s Attorneys Office announced a four-count indictment today against a former employee of the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. During the course of an unrelated investigation in July 2008, the Inspector General’s Office discovered a copy of a $20,000 check, made out to the defendant, Ming Liu. Because the check’s signature was … [Read More…]

Federal Bribery Charges Filed against City Building Inspector (8/10/09)

A city of Chicago building inspector was arrested today on federal charges for allegedly accepting a $1,000 cash bribe from a cooperating contractor to approve an inspection at a residential construction site. Jose Hernandez allegedly solicited cash bribes totaling tens of thousands of dollars from contractors, developers and homeowners since at least 2005, according to … [Read More…]

Illinois Reform Commission Releases Final Report

The Illinois Reform Commission (IRC) issued its 100-day report today, recommending a wide range of ethics reforms in six key areas: campaign finance; procurement; enforcement; government structure; transparency; and inspiring better government. The Commission was chaired by former U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins, and members include City of Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman.

MWBE: Company Executives Conspiracy to Defraud the City of Chicago

A Chicago grand jury indicted the president and vice president of an Illinois refuse disposal container repair company for engaging in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud the city of Chicago on a contract for the repair of refuse carts. Douglas E. Ritter and Steven Fenzl were charged in a four-count indictment, the U.S. Department … [Read More…]

Illinois Reform Commission Unveils ‘Pay-to-Play’ Reform Proposals

The Illinois Reform Commission (IRC), whose members include City of Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, today announced a series of reform proposals covering campaign finance, procurement, enforcement and transparency.

Crooked Code: City Employees Charged in Federal Bribery Probe

Fifteen defendants (including property owners and developers, contractors and seven City of Chicago inspectors) were arrested on federal bribery charges. Most of them for allegedly exchanging cash payments and other benefits with a former corrupt “expediter” relating to various city building, zoning and related permit matters. Federal law enforcement officials and the city’s Inspector General … [Read More…]

Crooked Code: Three City Inspectors and a Private Contractor Charged

Three City of Chicago inspectors and a private contractor have been arrested on federal bribery charges for allegedly exchanging cash payments with an undercover former city employee relating to various city building and permit matters. Federal law enforcement officials and the city’s Inspector General announced today March 15, 2007. A series of three arrests began … [Read More…]