Joseph M. Ferguson
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
City of Chicago
740 N.Sedgwick Street, Suite 200Chicago,Illinois 60654Telephone: (773) 478-7799Fax: (773) 478-3949
Website: www.chicagoinspectorgeneral.org Hotline: 866-IG-TIPLINE (866-448-4754)
September 27, 2012To the Mayor, Members of the City Council, the City Clerk, the City Treasurer, and the residentsof the City of Chicago:Enclosed for your review is the IGO’s annual Savings and Revenue Options report. This reportcontains 31 options to decrease City spending or increase revenue. For each option, we presentan overview and an estimate of the savings or increased revenue that the option would generate.Additionally, we include brief discussions of what proponents might argue in support of theoption and, conversely, what opponents might argue against the option. Finally, for morecomplex options we provide an additional discussion of the option and additional informationdecision makers might want in deciding whether or not to implement the option.The purpose of this report is to fulfill a component of the core mission of IGO: promotingeffectiveness and efficiency in City operations. It is our hope that the Options reports have andwill continue to provide useful information to the City’s residents, policymakers, and electedofficials.Fundamentally, the inclusion of any option in this or past reports is not, and should not beconstrued as, an endorsement by the IGO. The report’s intent is to provide information toelected officials and the public to inform the debate over how to move the City to greaterefficiency and effectiveness. It provides preliminary estimates and general frameworks to launchdiscussion of possible courses of action for which more detailed analysis would be needed beforeimplementation.This year, we have again endeavored to identify options from a variety of City governmentservice sectors without regard to size or importance of the service. We note that some of theoptions in this report could not be immediately implemented because they require changes inState law, changes to collective bargaining agreements, or planning to restructure the delivery of services.