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Regional Transit Board Frequently Asked Questions 

 




When did the OEIG receive jurisdiction over the Regional Transit Boards?

As the result of legislation effective on July 1, 2011, the OEIG became the executive inspector general for Metra, the Chicago Transit Authority, Pace, and the Regional Transportation Authority, otherwise known as the Regional Transit Boards.

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What types of complaints does the OEIG investigate at the Regional Transit Boards?

The OEIG investigates, when appropriate, alleged violations of law, rule or regulation committed by any employee or board member of the Regional Transit Boards, as well as those doing business with a Regional Transit Board.  For example, the OEIG investigates allegations of waste, fraud, abuse of authority, or corruption, including ghost payrolling, bid rigging, theft, misuse of transit property, procurement fraud, and time abuse, among others.  The OEIG also investigates specific violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (Ethics Act) such as those related to prohibited political activities, the acceptance and solicitation of prohibited gifts (the gift ban), “revolving door” employment restrictions, and retaliation against whistleblowers.

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How do I file a complaint with the OEIG?

A complaint may be filed with the OEIG in writing, preferably on an OEIG Complaint Form, or orally.  You may file a complaint by:
(1) calling the OEIG’s toll-free complaint at (866) 814-1113;
(2) providing information via the OEIG’s secure website: File an online complaint
(3) sending a completed Complaint Form to:
Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor
Attention Complaint Division
69 West Washington Street, Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60602;
(4) faxing a completed Complaint Form to (312) 814-5479;
(5) contacting the OEIG by telecommunications device for the disabled (TTY) at (888) 261-2734; or
(6) visiting the OEIG’s Chicago office at the address listed above.

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Can a Regional Transit Board have its own Inspector General?

Yes.  Any of the Regional Transit Boards may hire or maintain its own inspector general with the approval of the Executive Ethics Commission.  Any RTB inspector general, however, is required to provide the OEIG with monthly reports of its pending investigations.  In addition, state law allows the OEIG to assume responsibility for investigating any complaint originally received by an RTB inspector general.  Also, OEIG has exclusive jurisdiction over violations of the Ethics Act.

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Who at the OEIG investigates complaints regarding the Regional Transit Boards?

The OEIG has established an investigative division dedicated to investigating matters at the Regional Transit Boards.  The RTB Investigative Division is led by a chief, and is comprised of a deputy chief and assistant inspector general, and investigators with extensive experience in law enforcement and investigations.  For a profile of the RTB Investigative Division, visit the RTB Investigative Staff page.

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How are Regional Transit Board complaints investigated?

The executive inspector general has the discretion to determine the appropriate means of investigation as permitted by law.  Complaints are investigated using a variety of investigative techniques, including witness interviews, document analysis, computer forensic analysis, seizure of transit property, and surveillance.  The OEIG also has the authority to issue subpoenas to compel the testimony of witnesses and the production of documents.

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What are the duties of Regional Transit Board employees in OEIG investigations?

All employees and board members of the Regional Transit Boards have the duty to cooperate with OEIG investigations.  Any refusal to cooperate may be found to be in violation of the Ethics Act, and may result in discipline up to and including discharge, as well as a fine issued by the Executive Ethics Commission after an administrative proceeding.

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If I am an employee of a Regional Transit Board and am asked to appear for an OEIG interview, what should I expect?

Unless OEIG personnel, based upon the information available at the time of the interview, reasonably believe there are no circumstances under which you would be subject or likely to face discipline or adverse action as the result of the investigation, you will be presented with a form outlining your administrative rights, including the presence of a union representative, attorney, or co-worker uninvolved in the investigation.  The OEIG’s policy is to present witnesses with administrative rights forms unless there are no circumstances under which they will be a subject or face disciplinary action.  You may also choose to have the interview recorded.  More information on OEIG investigative procedures, including copies of forms, is available in the OEIG’s Investigation Policy and Procedures Manual, OEIG’s Investigation Policy and Procedures Manual page.  In addition, the Executive Ethics Commission has published a brochure with information regarding employees’ duties and rights in OEIG investigations, Executive Inspector General Investigations: Your Duties and Rights.

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Are complaints kept confidential once received by the OEIG?

All records pertaining to an OEIG investigation are considered confidential and, therefore, are not generally subject to public release, and are exempt from the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.  However, if an investigation results in one or more findings that an employee engaged in misconduct, the OEIG’s final report may be made public and certain information may be publicly released by the Executive Ethics Commission.

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How are OEIG final reports about the Regional Transit Boards made public?

If an OEIG finds that a Regional Transit Board employee committed misconduct, a final report of those findings, including OEIG recommendations for discipline or other corrective action, is issued to the affected Regional Transit Board.  After the Regional Transit Board responds to the OEIG recommendations for discipline, the final report and response are transmitted to the Executive Ethics Commission.  The Executive Ethics Commission is required to make public any report that resulted in an employee suspension of three or more days or a termination.  In other cases, the Executive Ethics Commission exercises its discretion in deciding which reports to release to the public.

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Do the Regional Transit Boards have Ethics Officers?

Like every agency under the OEIG’s jurisdiction, the Regional Transit Boards are required to appoint ethics officers.  The ethics officers act as liaisons with the OEIG, review statements of economic interest, and provide guidance to employees in the interpretation and implementation of the Ethics Act.  For a current list of ethics officers, visit the State Ethics Officer page.

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If I am an employee of a Regional Transit Board, am I restricted from accepting certain job offers after I leave the Regional Transit Board?

Employees of the Regional Transit Boards are subject to the “revolving door” provisions of the Ethics Act.  Under these provisions, certain employees may be barred from accepting employment or compensation from certain non-RTB employers that were regulated by or contracted with the Regional Transit Board. These employment restrictions apply for a period of a year after leaving the Regional Transit Board.  Regional Transit Board employees are not barred from accepting employment with certain other governmental employers under these revolving door provisions.  For a list of commonly asked questions about revolving door, visit the Revolving Door Frequently Asked Questions page.

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For other frequently asked questions about the OEIG and its operations, please visit the OEIG Frequently Asked Questions page.

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