City Council Inspector’s Political Work Draws Criticism

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The City Council’s Inspector General has sparked controversy, after a top aide recently worked on a state lawmaker’s re-election campaign while taking time off the job.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Kelly Tarrant, chief of staff for Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn, took 10 weeks off at the end of last year and worked on the campaign of state Rep. Eddie Winters (D-Chicago)

Ald. Joe Moore (49th), who claims he was subjected to an unfair investigation by Khan’s office said it’s unprecedented for an employee of a governmental inspector general’s office to do political work in his or her free time.

“I can’t think of anyone in any investigatory body that allows their employees to leave and come back working in political campaigns,” Moore said. “For her to go back and forth in between being an inspector working in the inspector general’s office and working on political campaigns, at a minimum, calls into question the professionalism of the office.”

The alderman stopped short of accusing Khan or Tarrant of an ethics violation.

“It is this consistent lack of professionalism exhibited by this office; their unwillingness to follow basic standards of investigatory procedure,” Moore said.

A staffer for Khan’s office said employees can do political work on their own time.

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