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Filing An Ethics Complaint

Complaints regarding allegations of State employee misconduct, fraud, waste, etc., can be made to the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor by anyone. However, the complaint must relate to the official conduct of a State employee of a State agency, board, commission, State public university or Illinois community college district under the jurisdiction of the OEIG or a person or entity (such as a vendor of the State) doing business with an employee or State agency 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 State employees that may be investigated by the OEIG include (but are not limited to): fraud, abuse of authority, corruption, theft of State property, bid rigging, improper time reporting and the misuse of State property, equipment or other assets.

Complaints may be filed either orally or preferably in writing. Forms for this purpose are available at the OEIG website, www.inspectorgeneral.illinois.gov.

To report a violation you may do one of the following:

  • Call the OEIG’s toll-free hotline at 866-814-1113
  • Contact the Office via teletype at 800-524-8794 (TTY)
  • Send a completed Complaint Form to:
    • Office of Executive Inspector General
      for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor
      Attention: Complaint Division
      32 West Randolph, Suite 1900
      Chicago, Illinois 60601
  • Fax a completed Complaint Form to 312-814-5479
  • Visit the OEIG’s Springfield or Chicago office to fill out 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 and officials or federal or state court judges and legislators. The OEIG may also decline to investigate complaints that are more appropriately dealt with as a State 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 an investigation of its own accord and may not accept complaints filed anonymously. Nor can it generally 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

Although the OEIG cannot accept complaints that are filed anonymously, 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.

Any student, faculty, or staff member who believes they have witnessed a violation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act should report the violation immediately to:

Matthew Kwacala
Ethics Officer/Legal Counsel
mkwacala@macomblawoffice.com
Phone: 309-837-5000