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Management Team 

 

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.

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Daniel Hurtado, Chief of Staff and General Counsel

Mr. Hurtado was appointed Chief of Staff, in addition to being General Counsel, in February 2015. Before his appointment as 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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Fallon Opperman, Deputy Inspector General and Chief of Chicago Division

Ms. Opperman joined the OEIG as an assistant inspector general in June 2008 and most recently served as Chief of the Regional Transit Board Division. As Deputy Inspector General and Chief of Chicago Division, Ms. Opperman manages the investigative activities of the OEIG’s Chicago office, including oversight of the Regional Transit Board Division. 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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Thomas Klein, Deputy Inspector General and Chief of Springfield Division

 

Mr. Klein joined the OEIG in February 2015 as Deputy Inspector General and Chief of the Springfield Division.  He is responsible for directing investigative activity in the Springfield Division.  Mr. Klein had previously served with the OEIG from 2010-2011 before serving as General Counsel for the Illinois Capital Development Board.  He previously spent over 7 years with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and 2 years with a large law firm.  Mr. Klein received a BA from Taylor University, an MA from Purdue University, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Brandon Myers, Deputy Inspector General and Chief of RegionalTransit Board Division

Brandon Myers joined the OEIG in January 2012 and previously served as Deputy Chief of the Regional Transportation Board Division. Prior to joining the OEIG, Dr. Myers served as a Security Supervisor at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan and as Chief of Police for the Braidwood Police Department. Dr. Myers holds degrees and certificates from the Northwestern University, Penn State, Norwich University, and Olivet Nazarene University. As Deputy Inspector General and Chief of the Regional Transit Board Investigative Division, Dr. Myers is responsible for directing investigations related to the Regional Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.

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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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