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OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

Complaint Procedures


The Attorney General's Office appointed the first Inspector General in September 2004. The role of the Inspector General is to ensure that all the employees and vendors under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General maintain the highest standards of integrity and accountability. The Inspector General investigates allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, and related violations of the law involving individuals employed by or doing business with the Attorney General's Office.

The Inspector General's Office is authorized by the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430). The Office of the Inspector General is separate and independent from the Office of the Attorney General. The statute also gives the Office of the Inspector General subpoena power.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the Inspector General's Office with information regarding waste, fraud, corruption, and abuse. Although a complaint may be made anonymously under the law, it is the practice of the Inspector General's Office to keep the name of complainants confidential, unless otherwise required by law. Further, under the law the name of the individual providing information can only be disclosed with that person's consent or if disclosure of the identity of the person is required by law.

Complaints received by the Inspector General's Office are reviewed to determine if the allegations constitute a violation of the law by an individual under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General. If so, the allegation is investigated by a member of the Inspector General's Office. Once the investigation is concluded, and if a violation is found, a report of the investigation is completed and provided to the Attorney General. In that report, the Inspector General may include recommendations for personnel actions or recommendations for addressing any violations uncovered during the investigation. The Inspector General may also file a complaint before the Executive Ethics Commission. In addition, the Inspector General may refer cases for criminal prosecution.

The Inspector General serves a valuable role in ensuring that the Office of the Attorney General operates efficiently and without fraud or abuse, thus ensuring that the public maintains the highest degree of trust and confidence in the Office of the Attorney General.


How to Make a Complaint

Both employees of the Attorney General's Office and outside individuals are welcome to contact the Inspector General's Office with complaints about fraud, corruption, or abuse.

You may make a complaint in several ways:

Complete a complaint form, which you can obtain on this Web site or in the reception area of the Attorney General's Office;

Call the Inspector General's Hotline at (888) 814-4646;

E-mail the Inspector General's Office at ethics@atg.state.il.us.


Whistle-Blower Protection

The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/15-5 et. seq.) provides protection to those who report fraud, corruption, and waste.

If you are a state employee and you (1) disclose or threaten to disclose to your supervisor or any public body an act, policy, or practice that you reasonably believe to be a violation of law, rule, or regulation by another state employee, (2) provide information to or testify before any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into a violation of law, rule, or regulation, or (3) assist or participate in a proceeding to enforce the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, then a state agency cannot take retaliatory action such as reprimand, discharge, suspension, demotion, or denial of promotion or transfer that occurs in retaliation for an employee's exercise of any one of these three protected activities.

If retaliation occurs, remedies may include:

Reinstatement;
Two times back pay;
Interest on back pay; and/or
Payment of reasonable costs and attorneys' fees.


MONTHLY REPORTS

    2019 Monthly Reports

   
   
   
   
  March 2019 Monthly Report PDF Document
February 2019 Monthly Report PDF Document January 2019 Monthly Report PDF Document

Monthly reports from previous years (2009-2018)

Previous Monthly Reports



How to Make a Complaint

Both employees of the Attorney General’s Office and outside individuals are welcome to contact the Inspector General’s Office with complaints about fraud, corruption, or abuse.

You may make a complaint in several ways:

  • Complete a complaint form , which you can obtain on this Web site or in the reception area of the Attorney General’s Office;

  • Call the Inspector General’s Hotline at (888) 814-4646;

  • E-mail the Inspector General’s Office at ethics@atg.state.il.us.

Whistle-Blower Protection

The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act ( 5 ILCS 430/15-5 et. seq.) provides protection to those who report fraud, corruption, and waste.

If you are a state employee and you (1) disclose or threaten to disclose to your supervisor or any public body an act, policy, or practice that you reasonably believe to be a violation of law, rule, or regulation by another state employee, (2) provide information to or testify before any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into a violation of law, rule, or regulation, or (3) assist or participate in a proceeding to enforce the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, then a state agency cannot take retaliatory action such as reprimand, discharge, suspension, demotion, or denial of promotion or transfer that occurs in retaliation for an employee’s exercise of any one of these three protected activities.

If retaliation occurs, remedies may include:

  • Reinstatement;
  • Two times back pay;
  • Interest on back pay; and/or
  • Payment of reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees.

Information and Documents:

Complaint Form PDF Document

Complaint Procedures PDF Document
Executive Inspector General for the Office of the Attorney General

Director of Investigations for the Office of the Inspector General

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