Chicago's inspector general says the city has "resuscitated" what had been a scandal-plagued minority business program.
But Inspector General Joseph Ferguson says in a Thursday report that the city missed an opportunity to share in a $2.2 million forfeiture judgment because it hasn't designated his office as a law enforcement organization. That's required to share in the judgment.
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The report also includes summaries of investigations that revealed firefighters filing false mileage reimbursement claims to collect thousands of dollars and sanitation workers falsifying attendance records. It also says that a company received a city contract after falsely claiming to be minority owned.
The report also outlined investigations that revealed city workers illegally selling scrap metal from city work sites and a streets and sanitation worker drinking while on duty.