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Beverly, Morgan Park Boil Order Was Caused By Pumping Station Failure — Not ComEd Power Outage, Investigation Finds

City officials last spring pointed the finger at ComEd for the failure of the Roseland Pumping Station, but an inspector general's investigation said rented city equipment was to blame.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

Police Misconduct Transparency Ordinance Set For Key Vote As Lightfoot Defends Compromise

A newly revised substitute ordinance sent to aldermen Sunday evening added language to clarify that the database will include records of complaints that were "not sustained, unfounded, or exonerated."


City Nursing Home Inspector Didn’t Visit Any Facility For A Year Despite Filing Dozens Of Reports, Watchdog Says

The "elder protective investigator" in the city's Department of Family and Support Services was supposed to inspect nursing and rehab facilities on behalf of the family support agency


Animal Control Employee Sexually Assaulted 2 Coworkers, City Watchdog Says

An animal control worker was fired and a supervisor was suspended for failing to report the sexual assault to his superior, the city's Inspector General's report states.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Failing To Enforce Recycling Rules In Big Buildings, Businesses — And Has Abysmal Results To Show For It, Watchdog Says

The city “makes no attempt" to identify big building owners who don't offer recycling, even though more than 40 percent of Chicagoans live in high-density buildings, the inspector general said.


Chicago’s Inspector General Slams Police For Failing To Maintain ‘Do-Not-Hire’ List Or Enact Other Reforms

Among other complaints, Inspector General Joe Ferguson said the Police Department hasn’t used an anonymous complaint portal created to end the “code of silence” and hasn't realigned police beats in 50 years.


Jason Van Dyke Lied, Refused To Cooperate With Probe While Other Officers Destroyed Evidence In Laquan McDonald’s Murder, City Watchdog Says

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson concluded in June 2016 that Van Dyke made “false reports, false statements and material omissions” in an effort to “exaggerate the threat McDonald posed."

McKinley Park

Don’t Let Chicago Police Help ICE With Deportations, Immigrant Rights Groups Tell Mayor Lightfoot

“We are calling on the mayor to sign this executive order that makes sure our city resources are not being used to tear apart our families," activists said.


Chicago Libraries Are ‘Failing’ Their Mission Because Of Low Staffing, Inspector General Says

The 80 branches of the Chicago Public Library remain insufficiently staffed to meet the needs of library users and community residents, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson found.


‘Unprecedented’ Amount Of Data On City Workers, Budget And Police To Go Public With New Online Portal

The searchable database from Joe Ferguson's office will be available to the public next week.