Illinois’ executive inspector general says his office should be able to make public the results of investigations into wrongdoing by state officials and employees, reports the Chicago Tribune. Under current law, much of the information discovered by investigators is kept secret, which makes it difficult for the public to gauge the effectiveness of the office.
The inspector general, James Wright, said he supports a legislative proposal to make the final reports of substantiated complaints available publicly through the Freedom of Information Act. Wright released his office’s annual report Tuesday. The report provides a breakdown of the nature of the almost 1,300 complaints filed, showing what type of allegations were made in each department. Complaints are classified into categories such as misconduct, personnel, false employment application, patronage, hiring improprieties and harassment.