What is the function of the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (OEIG)?
The function of the Office of Executive Inspector General is to investigate allegations of wrongful acts or omissions committed by employees, appointees or officials, or by those doing business with the agencies, including boards, commissions, the state public universities, or regional transit boards under its jurisdiction.
When should I report a matter to the Office of Executive Inspector General?
You should contact the Office of Executive Inspector General whenever you have a reasonable belief of or witness a wrongful act or omission on the part of an employee or those doing business with the an entity under the OEIG's jurisdiction.
What types of complaints does the Office of Executive Inspector General investigate?
The Office of Executive Inspector General investigates, when appropriate, alleged violations of law, rule or regulation committed by any employee of or those doing business with an entity under its jurisdiction. For example, the Office investigates allegations of waste, fraud, abuse of authority, or corruption including ghost payrolling, bid rigging, theft, misuse of state property, procurement fraud, improper time reporting and abuse of time, among others. The OEIG declines to investigate anything that has been fully adjudicated (administratively or in a court) or is pending before an administrative agency or pending in civil or criminal court.
How do I File a complaint?
A complaint may be filed with this Office in writing, preferably on an OEIG complaint form, or orally. You may file a complaint by (i) completing a form online at https://www2.illinois.gov/oeig/Pages/OnlineComplaint.aspx, (ii) calling the Office's toll-free hotline (866) 814-1113; (iii) sending a completed complaint form to the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor, Attention Complaint Division, 69 West Washington Street, Suite 3400, Chicago, Illinois 60602; (iv) faxing a completed complaint form to (312) 814-5479; (v) contacting the Office by telecommunications device for the disabled (TTY) at (888) 261-2734 or (vi) scheduling an appointment with the Office at its Springfield or Chicago locations.
How do I file a complaint without fear of losing my job?
The OEIG will keep your identity as the complainant confidential, except in circumstances where disclosure is required by law. In addition, Illinois law provides certain whistle blower protections to employees who report wrongdoing.
Does the Office of Executive Inspector General accept anonymous complaints?
Yes. The OEIG may accept complaints that are filed anonymously.
How long does it take to complete an investigation?
The length of time required by an investigation is determined by a number of factors including, the nature of the allegation, the number of interviews required to identify the facts, the amount of documents that must be analyzed, and other matters. Generally, it is the objective of the OEIG to conclude each investigation as expeditiously as possible.
What communication can I expect from the Office of Executive Inspector General after I file a complaint?
After you file a complaint with the OEIG, you will receive a letter that will identify a file ID number for your complaint. Generally, you will only be contacted again if we need additional information or clarification. The Office of Executive Inspector General is an independent, objective investigative agency. It does not represent any party or agency in an investigation and does not investigate on behalf of any individual or agency.
After I file a complaint, what happens?
If the complaint alleges a violation of law, rule, or regulation, or fraud, waste, corruption or abuse by an employee or vendor under the OEIGs jurisdiction, it will be reviewed by members of the OEIGs staff. The complaint may then be assigned for investigation.
Does the Office of Executive Inspector General investigate all of the complaints it receives?
No. If, for example, the complaint relates to another state constitutional office, such as a complaint concerning an employee of the secretary of state or attorney general, the complaint is referred to the executive inspector general with jurisdiction for that agency.
The Office of Executive Inspector General may also decline to investigate a complaint if an agency has sufficient procedures to review the matters. In other instances, the Office of Executive Inspector General may refer the matters to appropriate investigative agencies such as internal agency inspectors general.
Are complaints kept confidential once received by the Office of Executive Inspector General?
All records pertaining to OEIG investigations are considered confidential and therefore, not generally subject to public release. Investigative files and reports of the Office of Executive Inspector General are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. However, if an investigation results in a finding that an employee engaged in misconduct, a report summarizing the investigation may be made public by the Executive Ethics Commission in accordance with applicable law.
What is the Office of Executive Inspector General's jurisdiction?
The jurisdiction of the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor extends to the governor, the lieutenant governor, and all officers and employees of, and vendors and others doing business with, executive branch state agencies except, for those that fall under the jurisdiction of those executive inspectors general who have jurisdiction for state agencies under the attorney general, the secretary of state, the comptroller or the treasurer. The OEIGs jurisdiction also extends to the nine state public universities and the four transit boards, i.e., The RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace.
If you have a question about the jurisdiction of this office, you may call (312) 814-5600.
What types of complaints does the Office of Executive Inspector General decline?
The OEIG does not have jurisdiction to investigate complaints related to city or municipal officials, county officials, federal officials, or federal or state court judges. The OEIG may also be unable to investigate complaints that fail to provide detail sufficient to initiate an investigation. The OEIG may decline to investigate complaints where an employee is, for example, simply dissatisfied without legal recourse, with a supervisor or a work assignment or the complaint is otherwise a management issue.
What happens if the Office of Executive Inspector General does not have jurisdiction over a matter?
The complainant will receive written notification of that fact. Or, when appropriate, the complainant will be referred to another entity that may act upon it.
Are law enforcement agencies affiliated with the Office of Executive Inspector General?
No. However, any unlawful or criminal conduct discovered during the course of an investigation will be referred to the Illinois State Police or other appropriate law enforcement authority.
What powers are available to the Office of Executive Inspector General?
The Office of Executive Inspector General may issue subpoenas requiring the appearance of anyone for questioning and the production of any books, records, or other documents relevant to an investigation. The OEIG may also appear before any entity under the OEIGs jurisdiction and question any individual or secure anything necessary in furtherance of an investigation.
Is there a limit on the age of an allegation that the Office of Executive Inspector General can investigate?
Yes. Generally, the OEIG can only investigate misconduct that occurred within one year of the complaint's submittal to the Office. Thus, if alleged misconduct occurred more than one year ago, the OEIG is without authority to investigate unless there is reasonable cause to believe fraudulent concealment has occurred.
Is the Office of Executive Inspector General a State agency?
Yes, the Office of Executive Inspector General is a state agency created by statute.
How can I contact the OEIG?
You may contact the Office of Executive Inspector General by U.S. mail, fax, teletype, or telephone:
Office of Executive Inspector General
69 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(888) 261-2734 (TTY)
(866) 814-1113 (toll-free)
(312) 814-5479 (fax)
Office of Executive Inspector General
607 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-1605 (fax)