Ordinance & Rules

OIG Ordinance

The full details of the OIG Ordinance can be found here. The most recent amendment to the ordinance, voted on by the City Council and effective November 11, 2016, created a Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, housed within OIG, to enhance transparency, accountability, and the quality of oversight of public safety operations in Chicago. Principal powers and duties of the Public Safety Deputy include: reviewing the policies, procedures, and practices of the Chicago Police Department, the Police Board, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability; identifying patterns and trends; issuing recommendations to address problems and improve policies, practices, programs, and training; and auditing individual investigations of misconduct. This ordinance also increased OIG’s annual budget to 0.14% of the total funds appropriated by the City Council.

Rules of the Office of Inspector General

The authority provided by the Municipal Code of Chicago provides guidance and standards concerning activities of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General to ensure compliance with the law, promote the use of best practices, foster accuracy in the performance of OIG activities, and provide transparency regarding the procedures and standards for the conduct of those activities. The rules reflect existing and accepted OIG practices and may, within the scope of applicable laws, vary from one OIG inquiry to another based on operational contingency and need, and do not confer any rights upon a subject or witness of an OIG investigation audit or review. They apply to all OIG activities except those undertaken at the direction of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, or the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as part of a joint investigation of federal, state, or local law. See OIG Rules and Regulations for more information.