Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Illinois Attorney General
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 Attorney General's Office appointed the first Inspector General in September 2004. 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.
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.
Executive Inspector General Diane Saltoun
Before coming to work as Executive Inspector General for the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Diane worked for 13 years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois. Her most recent position in that office was as a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Division and the Coordinator of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal, state, and local initiative to reduce gun violence. Diane has extensive experience investigating and prosecuting cases involving public corruption, white collar crime, environmental violations, drugs, and violence. Diane is also on the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School.