Better Government Association digs into Chicago Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope’s resignation

CHICAGO (WLS) – Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope resigned last week out of frustration with the recent ethics reform bill.

In her resignation letter, she wrote that she “has no real power to change or expose unethical behavior, this position is essentially a paper tiger.”

The legislative inspector general investigates allegations of moral or illegal conduct by members of the General Assembly.

David Greising with the Better Government Association wrote a column of the Pope’s resignation, said, “I matched the LIG with the Chicago Inspector General’s office. Joe Ferguson has a budget of $11 million and hundreds of employees, compared to about $950,000 and one employee. skeletons to LIG Ferguson can investigate without limitation or pre-approval; file subpoenas without supervision, and publish findings without obtaining approval or even giving notice. “

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The BGA found that recent Chicago IG investigations looked at the Chicago Police Department’s failures during the George Floyd era of turmoil and racial prejudice in its gang crime database. They refuted Rahm Emanuel’s claims of $11 million in savings from the city’s transition to a grid-based garbage collection system. They exposed the corruption in the contract to buy cameras that ran red lights.

In contrast, the LIG has published findings in just nine cases since the office was established in 2003. It had been vacant for more than three years, ending in 2017, and no one had noticed.

ABC7 asked Greising if any other elected officials had reacted to the Pope’s decision to resign and he said no one had said anything about resigning.

Pope said she will stay in her position until a replacement is found, or else she will resign immediately.

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