Ricardo Meza, Executive Inspector General
On September 7, 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed Mr. Meza as acting executive inspector general for the agencies of the Illinois governor. He was reappointed to a five-year term on May 21, 2013. On October 23, 2013, the Illinois Senate confirmed Mr. Meza’s reappointment which expires June 30, 2018. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Meza was Midwest Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Chicago were he led the office’s litigation and public policy matters. Mr. Meza also served over 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office, primarily in its Chicago office where he tried over 30 federal criminal trials. Mr. Meza was a law clerk to the late Honorable Wendell C. Radford, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas and also served as an assistant attorney general II for the State of Texas. Mr. Meza received his BA in political science from Illinois State University and obtained his law degree from The John Marshall Law School. Mr. Meza is a 2007 Fellow of the Leadership Greater Chicago Program.
Kristy Shores, First Deputy Inspector General and Chief of Staff
Ms. Shores manages the OEIG’s investigative activities, including those of its Chicago, Springfield, and Regional Transit Board divisions. Ms. Shores joined the OEIG in 2007, first serving as assistant inspector general and subsequently as deputy inspector general of complaints and compliance, and deputy inspector general of investigations. Prior to joining the OEIG, Ms. Shores was employed by a civil litigation firm. Ms. Shores received a BA in political science and mathematics from DePaul University and a JD from the DePaul University College of Law.
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Daniel Hurtado, General Counsel
Mr. Hurtado was appointed general counsel in March 2014. He had been special counsel to the executive inspector general since July 2012. Prior to joining this office, Mr. Hurtado was a litigator with a large law firm for 17 years and served as in-house counsel for a media company for 2½ years. Mr. Hurtado has served as president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, chair of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and as a member of the Legal Assistance Foundation Board of Directors and the Chicago Legal Clinic Board of Directors. He has been honored with the Chicago Bar Association Vanguard Award, the Public Interest Law Initiative Distinguished Alumnus Award, and MALDEF’s Excellence in Legal Service Award. Mr. Hurtado received a BA from the University of Michigan and holds an MA and JD from Northwestern University, where he was an editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and president of the Hispanic Law Students Association.
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Laura K. Bautista, Deputy Inspector General and Chief of the Springfield Division
Ms. Bautista joined the OEIG as deputy inspector general and chief of the Springfield Division in July 2013. Previously, Ms. Bautista was an assistant attorney general and supervisor in the General Law Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Bautista also previously worked as an attorney for the Civil Rights Center and the Chicago Legal Clinic. Ms. Bautista received a BS in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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Fallon Opperman, Deputy Inspector General and Chief of Regional Transit Board Division
Ms. Opperman joined the OEIG as an assistant inspector general in June 2008 and most recently served as deputy chief of the Regional Transit Board Investigative Division. As deputy inspector general and chief of the Regional Transit Board Investigative Division, Ms. Opperman is responsible for directing investigations related to the Regional Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace. Ms. Opperman received a BA in political science from North Central College and obtained her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law.
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Claudia Ortega, Director of Finance and Administration
Ms. Ortega joined the OEIG in March 2014 and currently serves as Director of Finance and Administration. She manages the OEIG’s finance, human resources, procurement and other administrative functions. Previously, Ms. Ortega worked in a financial reporting role for Chicago State University and for a global forensic investigations firm. She holds a MSA in accounting from Benedictine University and a BA in accounting from DePaul University and she is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
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