Chicago Inspector General
The city official tasked with monitoring the City Council for corruption and waste said he’d be happy to be out of work, if aldermen give real investigative power to someone else.
The City Council might be poised to grant the Chicago Inspector General’s office the authority investigate aldermen and their employees.
A frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel was applauding his actions, if not his words, in the wake of a Chicago Tribune report finding thousands of erroneous red light tickets might have been issued during mysterious spikes in citations.
A group of Chicago firefighters and paramedics have been suspended for falsifying thousands of dollars’ worth of mileage records.
Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said lawsuits over hiring practices have been to blame for staffing shortages that led to as much as $43 million in overtime costs this year.
Despite their public disputes, Chicago Inspector Joseph Ferguson said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has adopted more of his recommendations on fighting waste and fraud than former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Members of a City Council reform coalition were banding together to pressure Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reappoint Inspector General Joseph Ferguson to his job, despite his sometimes critical reports on the Emanuel administration.
The city’s Inspector General said Tuesday that an audit of the red light camera program cannot back up City Hall claims that the cameras have been placed at Chicago’s most dangerous intersections.
Some members of the City Council’s Progressive Reform Caucus want to give the city’s Inspector General increased powers; perhaps more authority than Mayor Rahm Emanuel would want him to have.
City Inspector General Joseph Ferguson has issued a report recommending the city put civilians in jobs now held by nearly 300 police officers.
The Chicago Inspector General’s office says scheduling errors involving the crews that immobilize vehicles with the Denver boot have cost the city $160,000 per year.
The City of Chicago’s inspector general says the Department of Aviation wasted at least $171,000 on GPS tracking that didn’t work and vehicle tracking capability that it almost never used.