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ORDINANCE REGARDING THE OFFICE OF INDEPENDENT INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIIG)

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Date Introduced: 10/6/2009
Date Passed:
10/6/2009

Sponsors:
Butler, Claypool, Collins, Daley, Gainer, Gorman, Goslin, Moreno, Murphy, Peraica, Schneider, Silvestri, Steele, Stroger-Todd
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This ordinance amends Chapter 2 Administration, Article IV Officers and Employees, Division 5 Inspector General, Section 2-284 of the Cook County Code. It provides additional fuctions, authority, and powers to the OIIG.


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BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that Chapter 2 Administration, Article IV Officers and Employees, Division 5 Inspector General, Section 2-284 of the Cook County Code is hereby amended as follows:

 

Sec. 2-284.      Functions, authority and powers.

 

In addition to other powers conferred herein, the OIIG shall have the following functions, authority and powers:

 

(1)        To receive and register complaints and information concerning corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, unlawful political discrimination and misconduct in the operations of County Government; including, but not limited to any County contract, grant, lease, license, or application or certification of eligibility for the same; all County employees, departments, bureaus, boards, agencies, agents, or independent contractors; appointed officials, and elected officials in the performance of their official duties; contractors and subcontractors providing goods and services pursuant to a County contract; and all persons and business entities seeking County contracts or certification of eligibility for County contracts.

 

(a)        Complaints and other documents, relating to the Independent Inspector General's investigations of elected officials, shall be verified by certification. The several matters stated in the complaints and other documents shall be stated positively or upon information and belief only, according to the fact.  Nothing in this Section shall restrict the Independent Inspector General from exercising his/her independent judgment, based upon an articulable suspicion, to initiate an investigation of an elected official, notwithstanding the existence of any unverified information, or documents, statements and claims submitted anonymously.

 

(b)        The person having knowledge of the matters stated in the complaint or other document certified in accordance with this section shall subscribe to a certification in substantially the following form: Under penalties as provided by law pursuant to Section 2-291 of the Office of Independent Inspector General Ordinance, the undersigned certifies that the statements set forth in this instrument are true and correct, except as to matters therein stated to be on information and belief and as to such matters the undersigned certifies as aforesaid that he verily believes the same to be true.

 


(c)        Any complaint and other document, relating to the Independent Inspector General's investigations, certified in accordance with this section may be used in the same manner and with the same force and effect as though subscribed and sworn to under oath.

 

(d)        Any person who intentionally makes a false statement, material to the issue or point in question, in any complaint or other document relating to the Independent Inspector General's investigations of elected officials, and which is certified by such person in accordance with this section shall be guilty of knowingly furnishing false statements or misleading information and shall be subject to violations and penalties in Section 2-291.

 

Effective Date:  This Ordinance Amendment shall be effective upon adoption.

 

Approved and adopted this 6th day of October 2009.

 

TODD H. STROGER, President

Cook County Board of Commissioners

 

Attest:  DAVID ORR, County Clerk


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