On December 9, 2003 Governor Blagojevich signed the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act which officially created the Office of Executive Inspector General for the State Treasurer. The EIG acts as an independent agency of government whose function is to investigate fraud and abuse in state government. Specifically, the Executive Inspector General receives and investigates complaints of violations of the Ethics Act and any violation of any law, rule, regulation or abuse of authority or other forms of misconduct by the Treasurer, the appointees and employees of the Office. The Executive Inspector General reports any findings to the Treasurer and recommends measures to prevent future occurrence of the investigated instances of fraud, abuse or misconduct. The Executive Inspector General may refer investigative findings to the state Executive Ethics Commission or to the appropriate prosecuting attorney.
The Office of Executive Inspector General recognizes that the majority of state employees and officials are hardworking and honest individuals. However, when evidence of actual or apparent impropriety exists in state government, it must be effectively and objectively dealt with either administratively or through the court system. It is the goal of the Office of Executive Inspector General to heighten the trust of Illinoisans in the functions of state government.
The Office of the Executive Inspector General's statutory authority is found in the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430).