We Don't Need No Stinkin' Oversight
- Chicago City Council members are about to make life easier for themselves. They're running their inspector general — the person assigned to investigate them and their staffs — out of town.
The contract of Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan, who has warred with the aldermen since he was hired in 2011, expires in November. There's no chance the aldermen will renew it. But they're also making no moves to replace Khan.
The most logical step would be to expand the powers of the city's inspector general, Joe Ferguson, to allow his office to investigate complaints into aldermen and their staffs. But the aldermen are in no rush to do that either.
The aldermen created the LIG job and hired Khan, but set him up for failure. He can't launch an investigation into aldermanic or council staff corruption on his own. He has to wait for a complaint. He can't investigate anonymous complaints. He needs permission from the city's Board of Ethics to pursue an investigation. He has to inform the subject that he or she is under investigation.
Remember, these are the assholes voting to raise taxes by nearly $600 million. The same assholes who allow, via their negligence and their greed for kickbacks, $17 bottle of bleach to be bought by "approved vendors" and who knows what else. But until actual taxpayers get tired of taking it in the shorts, responsibility will be avoided for years yet to come.