The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its second quarter report for 2020 to City Council. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. This quarter’s report contains summaries of concluded investigations, inquiries, and other activities, including:
- An OIG investigation which established that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) superintendent drove a City vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, consumed alcohol before using a City vehicle, committed various traffic violations, allowed a supervisee to use a City vehicle after consuming alcohol, and made false public statements and a material omission regarding an incident. OIG recommended that the Mayor discharge the superintendent and refer him for placement on the ineligible for rehire list maintained by the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Furthermore, OIG recommended that, if the superintendent were to retire in lieu of discharge, he be found not in good standing and not be issued Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry credentials. In response, the Mayor removed the superintendent and the superintendent reverted to his former rank of lieutenant, subsequently resigning from CPD. The superintendent was also added to DHR’s ineligible for rehire list.
- An OIG investigation which established that a CDA deputy commissioner at Midway International Airport disregarded crucial federal safety protocols and the City’s Personnel Rules. Specifically, the deputy commissioner ordered a change to the reported airfield conditions at MDW from “wet” to “dry,” following a call from a private airline requesting that the airfield conditions be changed due to financial motivation. OIG recommended discharge and placement on DHR’s ineligible for rehire list. The deputy commissioner subsequently retired after CDA received OIG’s report. In response, CDA referred the deputy commissioner for placement on the ineligible for rehire list.
- Three OIG notifications regarding:
- Nepotism at CPD, which highlighted the strict prohibitions the City’s Governmental Ethics Ordinance imposes on City employees and officials supervising their family members.
- City-owned vehicles and a lack of information about the City’s status as a self-insured entity at the Department of Assets, Information and Services (AIS).
- Insufficient procedures for onboarding and documenting the work of City volunteers outlined in the Hiring Plan, which could allow departments to circumvent hiring processes designed to promote fairness in City hiring, as well as certain requirements for employees, including City residency.
The full quarterly report can be found on OIG’s website: bit.ly/OIG2020Q2.
The mission of the independent and non-partisan City of Chicago Office of Inspector General is to promote economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity by identifying corruption, waste, and mismanagement in City government. OIG is a watchdog for the taxpayers of the City and has jurisdiction to conduct investigations and audits into most aspects of City government. If you see corruption, fraud, or waste of any kind, we need to hear from you. For more information, visit our website at: www.igchicago.org.