OIG Advisory Concerning Claims Analysis and Risk Management

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

OIG Advisory Regarding City Operating Policies and Procedures

Regularly maintained, thorough, and well communicated policies and procedures are critical tools for both operational efficiency and government accountability. Policies that are not documented and distributed may be inadequately followed or misunderstood. OIG investigations and audits have revealed that various departments do not properly document, and communicate to staff, their policies and procedures. This lack … [Read More…]

Audit of Board of Ethics Lobbyist Registration

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Board of Ethics’s (BOE) lobbyist regulation practices, including how well BOE monitored lobbyist activity and whether it levied fines against late-registering lobbyists. The ordinance pertaining to the regulation of lobbying activity is codified in the Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 2-156—also known as … [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 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…]

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…]

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: 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…]