Public Reports

Our public reports contain objective, non-partisan research on the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of City programs. This includes analyzing the performance of City programs and comparing the costs and benefits of City services. This research and analysis is intended to promote continuous improvement in the delivery of City services and serve as a resource for the City Council, civic and advocacy organizations, journalists, and the public. View our public reports below.

Latest Public Reports


Significant Activity: City of Chicago Settlement with RedFlex

On February 03, 2017, the RedFlex Traffic Systems, Inc. and Redflex Holdings, Ltd. agreed to pay $20 million in restitution and compensatory damages to the City of Chicago. The settlement followed a years long investigation into allegations of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery in association with the City’s red-light camera program. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s statement … [Read More…]

OIG 2017 Audit Plan

The 2017 Audit Plan for OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here..

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Karen Finley

On November 10, 2016, United States District Court Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced Karen Finley, former chief executive officer of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., to a 30-month term of imprisonment for her role in a multi-year kickback scheme perpetrated in connection with the City’s red-light camera program. United States v. Karen Finley, 14-CR-135-3 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States vs Roberto Uribe

On October 20, 2016, former City of Chicago building inspector Roberto Uribe pleaded guilty to one count of attempted extortion, 18 U.S.C. § 1951, for soliciting a bribe from a building owner in the course of his official duties. United States v. Roberto Uribe, 16 CR228 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). Earlier this year, Uribe resigned from the City in … [Read More…]

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

September 12, 2016, United States District Court Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced Martin O’Malley to a six month term of imprisonment for his role as a middleman in a multi-year kickback scheme perpetrated in connection with the City’s red-light camera program. United States v. Martin O’Malley 14-CR-315-2 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). As part of the sentence, Judge Kendall also entered an … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Caroline Walters

On September 1, 2016, United States District Court Judge Robert M. Dow sentenced Caroline Walters to a 6 months term of imprisonment, 2 years of supervision, and $575,000 restitution, in joint and several liability with co-defendant Laurance H. Freed, in connection with a City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing (TIF) note issued for the redevelopment … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. John Bills

On August 29, 2016, United States District Court Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced John Bills, a former assistant transportation commissioner for the City of Chicago, to a 10 year term of imprisonment, followed by 1 year of probation for his role in a multi-year kickback scheme perpetrated in connection with the City’s red-light camera program. United States … [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…]

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…]

Significant Activity Report: People of the State of Illinois v. Christopher Williams

Today, May 04, 2016, Christopher Williams, was arraigned on criminal charges including the alleged theft of over $10,000 from the City of Chicago. The indictment, delivered on April 20, 2016, charges Williams with a Class 1 felony for theft of government property, a Class 2 felony for theft of property, and six counts of Class … [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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 found John Bills, a former assistant transportation commissioner for the City of Chicago, guilty on all twenty counts twenty counts, including federal corruption and filing false tax returns, for his role in multi-year kickback scheme perpetrated in connection … [Read More…]

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

On January 14, 2016, Alexander Igolnikov, owner of Seven Amigos Used Cars Inc., was sentenced to 12 months and a day in federal prison for illegally obtaining clean titles for salvaged and rebuilt vehicles and using them as taxicabs on the streets of Chicago. On August 13, 2015, Igolnikov pleaded guilty to one count of … [Read More…]

OIG 2016 Audit Plan

The 2016 Audit Plan for OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here.

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Antionette Chenier

On September 10, 2015, former City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) clerk Antionette Chenier was sentenced by Hon. Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the Norther District of Illinois to 30 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $ 741,299 to the City and $154,826 to the IRS. On April 14, 2015, Chenier pled guilty to federal … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Karen Finley

On August 20, 2015, Karen Finley, former chief executive officer of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., entered a voluntary plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371. United States v. Karen Finley, 14-CR-135-3 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). In entering this plea, Finley admitted that beginning … [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…]

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

On July 7, 2015, Daniel Rankins was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $115,809 in restitution to the City of Chicago by U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. Rankins pled guilty in December of 2014 to devising or intending to devise a scheme and participating in a scheme to … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on DOB Elevator Inspections

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its October 2014 audit of the Department of Buildings’ (DOB) compliance with the annual elevator inspection requirements set forth in the Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 13-20-100. OIG concludes that DOB’s corrective action related to two of the original audit … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2015 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from April 1 through June 30, 2015 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. A Supervising Police Communications Operator (PCO) used his/her City position to access and disseminate information from the Illinois State Police Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) as part of a criminal scheme to threaten … [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…]

Follow-Up on CPD Assault-Related Crime Statistics

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its April 2014 audit of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) classification and summary reporting for assault-related crimes in 2012. OIG concludes that CPD has implemented corrective actions related to the original audit findings. The purpose of the 2014 audit was to … [Read More…]

Audit of DSS Garbage Collection Performance

This 2015 audit comes at a time of significant operational changes for City garbage service. In April 2013, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) completed its transition from a ward- to grid-based garbage collection system which, according to DSS management, increased the efficiency of garbage collection operations. These efficiencies include a reduction in the daily average number … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2015 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from January 1 through March 31, 2015 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. In a memo to the Department of Finance (DOF), OIG introduced concepts for a pilot claims analysis project. Under the program, DOF would engage in risk management by routinely analyzing the trends … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Antionette Chenier

On April 14, 2015, Antionette Chenier, a former employee of the Chicago Department of Transportation, pled guilty to federal criminal charges of embezzlement in violation of 18 U.S.C § 666(a)(1) and an associated count of tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201 in connection with her theft of over $740,000 from the City of Chicago pursuant to … [Read More…]

Audit of BACP Taxicab Medallion Auction and Safety Inspections

Taxicab regulation generates a significant amount of revenue for the City, in 2013 medallion transfer fees alone generated $6.5 million. OIG’s audit examined taxicab regulation during 2013, focusing on the medallion auction process and taxicab safety inspections. In 2013 the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) held the first medallion auction since 2010, when it … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on DSS Garbage Service Enforcement

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded a follow up to its June 2014 audit of the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s (DSS) enforcement of Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 7-28-240 regarding eligibility for City garbage collection service. OIG concludes that DSS has not implemented corrective actions related to the … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on CFD Fire and Medical Incident Response Times

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General has completed a follow-up to its October 2013 audit of the Chicago Fire Department’s (CFD) fire and medical incident response times. The purpose of the 2013 audit was to determine if CFD fire and medical response times met National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1710, which CFD historically claimed … [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…]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2014 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from October 1 through December 31, 2014 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. a recent guilty plea in a federally charged kickback scheme relating to the City’s former red-light camera vendor, the recent state court indictment of a former City tow truck driver charged with … [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…]

OIG 2015 Audit Plan

The 2015 Audit Plan for OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here. If you have suggestions for the 2015 plan, or would like to register your comments and concerns of the 2015 plan, please fill out the form available at this link.

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…]

Audit of DOB Elevator Inspections

OIG’s audit of 2013 elevator inspections found that the Department of Buildings (DOB) was not in compliance with the municipal code’s (MCC) inspection requirements. According to available records OIG determined that, 66% of buildings covered by MCC § 13-20-100 did not receive an annual elevator inspection in 2013 62% of violations for inspected elevators cited from … [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…]

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…]

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…]

OIG Advisory Regarding City’s Real Property Management

This advisory notes that the City actively tracks and markets unused property. It may also engage in narrow re-use or consolidation projects. However, the City does not periodically evaluate its full property portfolio to ensure that all City buildings and land are put to their best use. The advisory presents; an example of one property … [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…]

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…]

OIG’s 2014 Audit Plan

The 2014 Audit Plan for the OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here. If you have suggestions for the 2015 plan, or would like to register your comments and concerns of the 2014 plan, please fill out the form available at this link.

Follow-Up on DWM’s MTHP

OIG has completed a follow-up review of the Department of Water Management’s (DWM) progress in reforming vendor payment structures in the Material Truck Haul Program (MTHP). The audit, published last February, found that many vendors were paid late and/or were underpaid. DWM reports that it has addressed these findings. Specifically: To address the findings that … [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…]

Follow-Up Audit of DWM Inventory Process

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit of inventory processes at the Department of Water Management’s (DWM) Bureau of Operations and Distribution storage facilities. These facilities hold an inventory of parts such as pipes, valves, clamps, and couplings used by DWM employees to repair water and sewer mains. This … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Duty of Vendors Report Unlawful Conduct

On September 25, 2013, OIG sent the Mayor’s Office an advisory regarding the duty of City vendors to report corruption or other unlawful conduct. OIG established that an employee of a subcontractor to a City vendor unlawfully solicited and received money from members of the public with promises to take official City action on their … [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…]

Follow-up on CPD’s TRP

In December 2012, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an audit of processes related to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Tuition Reimbursement Program (TRP). The purpose of the audit was to determine if CPD’s Department of Human Resources (HR) was effectively administering the $6.5 million program in accordance with the program … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Time Wasted by Sanitation Laborers in the DSS

On June 6, 2013 OIG sent an Advisory to Commissioner Williams of the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) regarding evidence OIG collected in an investigation into waste by sanitation laborers. DSS transmitted their response on July 8, 2013. Both the advisory and the City’s response can be downloaded via the links on the right.

OIG’s 2013 Audit Plan

The 2013 Annual Plan for the OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section can be downloaded via the link on the right. If you have suggestions for the 2014 plan, or would like to register your comments and concerns of the 2013 plan, please fill out the form available at this link.

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…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Fire Pump Inspections

On May 15, 2013, OIG sent an Advisory to Commissioner Santiago of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) regarding fire pump inspections. CFD transmitted their response on June 10, 2013.

Audit of CDOT’s RLC Program

On May 14, 2013, OIG published an audit of the City’s Red-Light Camera (RLC) program. The audit found that Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) was unable to substantiate its claims that the City chose to install and maintain red-light cameras at intersections with the highest angle crash rates in order to increase safety. Additionally, the … [Read More…]

Audit of CACC Shelter Operations

On May 2, 2013, OIG published an audit of the City’s Commission on Animal Care and Control (CACC) shelter operations. The audit found that although animals were housed for the minimum time frames required by ordinance, which provides owners a chance to reunite with their stray or confiscated pets, CACC still faces several challenges. CACC … [Read More…]

Follow-Up on Audit of DFSS Grant Monitoring

In April 2012, OIG published an audit of processes related to the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) grant monitoring function. The purpose of the audit was to determine whether DFSS: had effective grant monitoring policies and procedures whether reimbursements to grantees were properly made and recorded Based upon the audit’s results, OIG determined … [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…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Follow-Up on Enforcement of Certificate of Occupancy Requirements

On March 28, 2013, OIG published a follow-up letter to recommendations it issued the Department of Buildings (DOB) to improve DOB’s enforcement of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) requirements. The original recommendations, and City response, can be found here.

OIG Publishes Follow-Up Report on City’s Emergency Contracting Practices

On March 28, 2013, OIG published a six-month follow-up report of the City’s Emergency Contracting practices. The original report can be found here.

OIG Advisory Regarding Fiscal Intermediaries

On January 30, 2013, OIG sent an Advisory to Commissioner Choucair of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding fiscal intermediaries. CDPH transmitted their response on March 11, 2013.

OIG Advisory Regarding City Employee Indebtedness Program

On January 17, 2013, OIG sent the Mayor’s Chief of Staff an advisory regarding the City’s Employee Indebtedness Program. The Mayor’s Chief of Staff transmitted her response to OIG on February 25, 2013.

Audit of DWM’s MTHP

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit that found the City’s Department of Water Management’s (DWM) Material Truck Haul Program (MTHP) to be generally well administered, yet still susceptible to risk of fraud. MTHP, a successor to the scandal-plagued Hired Truck Program, ensures material delivery to sewer and water … [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 Advisory Regarding Employee Solicitations

On October 26, 2012, OIG sent the Mayor’s Chief of Staff an advisory regarding City employee solicitations.

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…]

Audit of DWM Inventory

OIG performed an audit of the Chicago Department of Water Management’s (DWM) inventory process for parts used by DWM employees to repair the City’s water and sewer infrastructure. The audit concluded that DWM’s internal controls were inadequate to ensure that assets were properly accounted for and safeguarded in DWM’s inventory tracking systems. DWM’s Bureau of … [Read More…]

2012 Savings & Revenue Options

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:September 27, 2012  CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Inspector General Announces Savings and Revenue Options 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 third annual report of Savings and Revenue Options … [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…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Security Cameras

On September 14, 2012, OIG sent an advisory to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff regarding malfunctioning and missing security cameras.

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…]

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…]

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…]

OIG Letter to the City Regarding 2012 Budget Options Report

On July 3, the IG sent a letter to the City asking for input and ideas for consideration to the 2012 Budget Options Report. The letter can be downloaded by clicking on the link to the right.

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 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…]

Description of the Research and Development of the Street Sweeper Photo Enforcement Program

On May 4, 2012, OIG transmitted a report to the City concerning the development of an abandoned plan to mount cameras on the City’s street sweepers in order to automatically issue tickets for parked vehicles obstructing regularly scheduled street sweeping. OIG provided this report to ensure that the research and implementation efforts already expended by … [Read More…]

Analysis of Special Service Area Taxes and Tax Increment Financing Funds

For a printer-friendly version of this analysis, click here. The Inspector General’s Office has conducted an analysis of property taxes billed to property owners in Special Service Area (SSA) taxing districts that overlap with Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts.[1] The analysis found that over 80% of SSAs overlapped with TIF districts in 2010 and 2011 … [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 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…]

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…]

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…]

PBC Response to OIG Report on MWBE Participation on PBC Projects

On June 20, 2011 OIG received a response from the Public Building Commission (PBC) regarding OIG’s June 15, 2011 report on MWBE participation on PBC projects that were completed in 2009. In the response, PBC took issue with several of our findings. PBC’s main points were: OIG does not have access to documents on City-funded … [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…]

Review of MWBE Participation on PBC Projects Completed in 2009

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) participation on Public Building Commission (PBC) administered construction projects. OIG reviewed 15 PBC projects either fully or substantially completed in 2009 to calculate actual MWBE utilization and compare it with MWBE participation statistics reported by PBC. … [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…]

Special Service Areas 2011 Budgets

On this page, you can find the 2011 Budgets for each of the City’s 43 SSAs. Each budget is broken down into different categories that attempt to detail how the service provider is using SSA resources. The two files directly below contain the combined budget for all 43 SSAs and a summary of the tax … [Read More…]

Inspector General Releases Review on Efficiency of Motor Truck Driver Job Duties

OIG issued a review on the efficiency of the City’s use of Motor Truck Drivers (MTDs). The report finds that approximately 200 MTD positions are unnecessary to regular City operations and the City is required to continue using them only because of an overly restrictive Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Eliminating these positions would save the … [Read More…]

Supporting Documents for Review of the Efficiency of the Job Duties of MTDs

On this page, you can find documents that were used during our Review of the Efficiency of the Job Duties of City Motor Truck Drivers (MTDs). There are two types of documents presented. City department responses to our questions about how departments use MTDs. These documents were useful for the purposes of the review, but … [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…]

2011 Annual Appropriation Ordinance

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the Excel Version of the 2011 City Budget.

Administration Response to 2010 Budget Options

The administration’s response to the 2010 Budget Options can be viewed here.

OIG 2010 Budget Options for the City

With a renewed focus on the mandate in its founding ordinance to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the operations of City government, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its first report of Budget Options for the City today.

OIG Review of the Efficiency of the HRAIL Program

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviewed the City’s Home Repairs for Accessible and Independent Living (HRAIL) program. The review focused on how much of the program budget was spent on direct home repairs versus how much was spent on overhead and administrative costs in 2007.

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…]

OIG Issues Report Concerning CFD Overtime Payments

The Inspector General’s Office has issued a report and recommendation resulting from an ongoing investigation of overtime payments to exempt members of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) who are not included in Fire Fighters Local 2 Agreement with the City of Chicago. The investigation revealed that CFD exempt employees earned considerable overtime payments in the … [Read More…]

Review of the MWBE Program

Following numerous investigations uncovering fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, the Inspector General’s Office (OIG) conducted a program review to analyze the effectiveness of program administration and how actual participation in the program compares to statistics reported to the City Council and the public.

OIG Report Closely Examines Parking Meter Lease, Recommends Major Reforms

A new report released by the Inspector General’s Office sheds light on the manner by which the lease of Chicago’s Metered Parking System was planned, negotiated, and implemented. The independent review shows inadequate financial considerations by City officials, the failure to explore viable alternatives to the 75-year lease as a means to fill the 2009 … [Read More…]

Waste and Falsification in the Bureau of Sanitation

Between May and September 2008, OIG conducted an investigation of the City’s garbage truck crews in ten wards to determine whether the crews were actually working while they were on the clock. OIG conducted such an extensive investigation because prior OIG investigations into similar allegations appeared to show that there was a widespread problem in … [Read More…]