Complaints regarding allegations of misconduct, fraud, waste, etc. related to entities under the jurisdiction of the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor may be submitted by anyone. Complaints may be submitted anonymously; however, a complaint must relate to the official conduct of:
- an employee of an executive branch state agency, board, or commission, or state public university under the jurisdiction of the OEIG;
- an employee of the the Regional Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, or Pace; or
- a person or entity (such as a vendor) doing business with an entity under the jurisdiction of the OEIG.
Anyone who files a complaint should have a reasonable belief that the allegation being reported is true. In addition, anyone filing a complaint must provide sufficient detail concerning the allegation in order for an investigation to be initiated.
Examples of allegations of violations by public employees that may be investigated by the OEIG include, but are not limited to: fraud, abuse of authority, corruption, theft of state property, improper use of state time, property, or other resources for prohibited political purposes, bid rigging, improper time reporting, and other forms of misuse of public property, equipment, or other assets.
Complaints may be filed orally or preferably in writing. Forms for this purpose are available at the OEIG website, OEIG Complaint Forms. To report a violation you may:
- Call the OEIG's toll-free hotline at 866.814.1113
- Complete an online complaint form
- Contact the Office via telecommunications device for the disabled (TTY) at 888.261.2734;
- Mail a completed complaint form to:
- Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor
Attention: Complaint Division
69 West Washington, Suite 3400
Chicago, Illinois 60602
- Fax a completed complaint form to 312.814.5479
- Schedule an appointment with the OEIG's Springfield or Chicago offices to obtain, complete, and submit a complaint form
The OEIG will not investigate complaints that are unrelated to its jurisdiction, such as those generally related to city, municipal, county or federal government employees, officials or employees of federal or state courts, or employees or members of the legislative branch of government. The OEIG may also decline to investigate complaints that are more appropriately dealt with as a governmental agency management issue, such as a complaint from a state employee who is simply dissatisfied, without legal recourse, with a supervisor, work assignment, or performance rating. By law, the OEIG cannot initiate or accept a complaint regarding an alleged violation, which occurred more than a year ago, unless there was an attempt to conceal the underlying facts during that time.
Confidentiality of Those Who File Complaints
The identity of those who file complaints with the OEIG will be kept confidential to the extent possible under the law. There may however be circumstances under which a complainant's identity must be revealed by law.