Chicago has been skimping on Public Safety for years - and now Health:
- Less than 44 percent of Chicago restaurants and 24.8 percent of bars are being inspected as often as state law requires — undermining public trust and jeopardizing state funding — because the city’s Department of Public Health is “seriously understaffed,” Inspector General Joe Ferguson has concluded.
State law requires the city to inspect high-risk food establishments twice a year. The category includes restaurants, hospital kitchens, day care centers and schools that prepare food on site.
If the risk of food-borne illness is “medium” — a category that includes groceries, bakeries, delis and schools serving food prepared off-site — inspections are required once a year. Low-risk establishment — including gas stations, convenience stores and bars — need to be inspected only every two years.
But after auditing 2015 inspections, Ferguson concluded that the Health Department is falling far short of those staggered standards and would need at least 94 food inspectors — 56 more than it has on staff — to abide by those state requirements.
But until someone gets sick, sues the City, or dies, don't expect much from Rahm.....he's running Chicago on the cheap. Look at how short we've been for years.