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Chicago police officers used department-issued parking placards to park illegally at sporting events and allowed friends and family to use those placards as well, according to a new report from the city’s inspector general.

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More than 90% of individuals in the gang database are people of color, according to Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who says that puts a strain on police-community relations. “There’s an extraordinary adverse effect on certain communities.”

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Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 30, 2019.

More than 128,000 individuals in Chicago are identified as gang-related, according to reports. The city’s top watchdog tells us about the police department’s gang database.

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Amid a stunning corruption scandal that includes government raids, undercover moles, Viagra and massage parlors, Joe Ferguson has called for reform of the City Council’s culture.

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Video of a United airlines passenger forcibly dragged off a plane stirred a worldwide uproar. Now, a pair of city aviation officers involved in the incident are out of a job following an investigation by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

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The inspector general calls it a “culture of abuse.” How he says police officers are gaming the system to collect millions in overtime pay.

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Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson joins us to discuss his office’s investigative work.

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With collective bargaining agreements covering more than 90 percent of city workers set to expire this year, a new report from the inspector general highlights millions in potential savings.

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The city’s top watchdog is coming back for another four-year term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday.

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Aldermen fight to keep their discretionary “menu money” funds for ward improvements to streets, sidewalks, alleys and other projects.

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The former Chicago City Council watchdog is back on the investigative beat. Faisal Khan, who served as City Council's  Legislative Inspector General, is heading up a new government watchdog organization.

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Efforts to pass a stronger plan making the City Council more accountable were sidelined yesterday. Aldermen tells us what happened behind the scenes.

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City Council today proved that it is ready for reform – just not very much reform. It was a tense debate over which reform measure to support: one that would give Inspector General Joe Ferguson broad, sweeping powers to investigate and audit aldermen, or a more hands-off approach favored by powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward). Paris Schutz has the story.

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Who is going to make sure Chicago aldermen play by the rules? A major step forward Monday in determining the answer to that – a sign that City Council could finally be ready for real reform and transparency. But will powerful forces derail this latest effort? Paris Schutz has details.

City Council Oversight to End on Monday

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A report from the City Council Office of the Legislative Inspector General concludes that 29 aldermen took in a total of $282,000 in illegal campaign donations in 2013. 

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Inspector General Joe Ferguson joins us with the latest on government oversight in Chicago.

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