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James R. Thompson Center

Lawmaker: Quinn A ‘Coward’ For His Handling Of DCFS Investigation

State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Woodstock, says Gov. Quinn knew in April that Erwin McEwen, then the head of the Department of Children and Family Services, was refusing to cooperate in a state inspector general’s investigation.


2 Investigators/BGA

Report Details CPS Free Lunch Fraud, Improper Financial Benefits

The inspector general of the Chicago Public Schools has issued a devastating report on financial and other abuses in the public school system.

CBS 2–01/04/2012

Snow plows clear the road on highway. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Chris Oberholtz)

Report: County Highway Workers Dumped Chemicals At Maintenance Yards

A new report accuses Cook County highway workers of dumping chemicals at maintenance yards.

CBS Chicago–12/22/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Inspector General For City Council Has Many Limits

The City Council’s official watchdog is taking his place with high hopes, but his hands pretty much tied.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

New York Attorney Recommended For City Council Inspector General

A blue-ribbon committee has recommended an outsider to take the new position of Chicago legislative inspector general – the watchdog who would keep an eye on the City Council.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2011

Cook County Seal

County Inspectors Accused Of Taking Cigarette Tax Bribes

Two Cook County revenue investigators have been fired for allegedly accepting “thousands” of dollars in bribes — hush money from convenience stores and other outlets selling cigarettes without paying the local tobacco tax.


Maggie Daley and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel visited After School Matters programs at Foreman High School on March 31, 2011. Daley founded the program more than 20 years ago. (Credit: CBS)

Report Questions If Developers Pressured To Give To Maggie Daley Charity

City Inspector General Joe Ferguson said Tuesday that former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration forced several firms that received city development subsidies to direct a portion of their own funds to charities, including one run by the ex-mayor’s wife, Maggie.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2011

Joe Ferguson

Inspector General Expects Some Budget Proposals To Pass

Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson says he expects some of the dozens of budget options he outlined in a new report will indeed be embraced by the mayor and City Council this fall.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2011


Mayor, Aldermen Say No To Lake Shore Drive Tolls, Tax Hike To Balance Budget

With the mayor and City Council preparing to begin the annual budget process next month, city Inspector General Joe Ferguson has suggested a host of revenue-generating and cost-saving ideas, including a city income tax and toll booths on Lake Shore Drive.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2011

Chicago Fire Department

Inspector General Wants Firefighters Fired For Fraud

Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson says 54 firefighters assigned to the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau should be terminated.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2011

2 Investigators/BGA

CPS Moving To Fire Principal Over Fraud In Free Lunch Program

The Chicago Public Schools are moving to fire a principal and discipline 15 other employees, following disclosures by the CBS 2 Investigators and Better Government Association of apparent fraud in the free lunch program.

CBS 2–07/26/2011

Pace Bus

State Inspector General To Assume Oversight Of Transit Agencies

The executive inspector general of the State of Illinois is about to gain oversight power over Chicago area transit agencies.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2011

Lake Shore Drive, Trees At Sunrise

Audit: City Failed To Track, Replace Sick Trees

A 2-1/2 year audit, timed to coincide with Arbor Day, found that the City of Chicago may have lost nearly $500,000 by failing to track which of its newly-planted trees were ailing, and seeking replacements.

WBBM Newsradio–04/29/2011

Inside The 911 Call Center (City Of Chicago Photo)

Inspector General: City’s 911 Center Wasted Money

An audit by Chicago’s Inspector General suggests the agency that runs the City’s 9-1-1 center has wasted money and lost track of electronics equipment.

WBBM Newsradio–04/07/2011

Prescription Drugs

Inspector General: Problems Persist At City Clinics

Chicago’s Inspector General says old problems persist in the way the City orders, stores and keeps track of prescription drugs for its clinics.

WBBM Newsradio–04/01/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Application Posted For City Council Inspector General

The City Council is taking applications for the job of being the Council’s own Inspector General.

WBBM Newsradio–04/01/2011

Cook County Seal

County Sting Uncovers Stealing, Drinking, Sex On The Job

The inspector general has detailed findings of an investigation into corruption at pools run by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.


Tilden Career Community Academy

Questions Raised About Tilden Academy Payroll

Concerned members of the community at Tilden Career Community Academy on the South Side have asked federal investigators to look into payroll irregularities that they claim have been going on for years.

CBS 2–03/10/2011

City Hall

Inspector General Questions Savings From Furlough Days

The city’s Budget director is taking issue with an Inspector General’s report accusing the Daley Administration of overstating how much it is saving through employees’ unpaid furlough days.

WBBM Newsradio–02/16/2011

Phil Pagano (AP Photo)

Two Reports Conclude Metra’s Pagano Acted Alone

Two newly-completed reports to Metra’s board of directors concluded that the commuter rail agency’s late executive director was secretive, managed in an inconsistent style, used his authority to circumvent controls and benefit himself and chosen subordinates — but was an autocratic lone wolf.

WBBM Newsradio–02/12/2011