CHICAGO - October 12, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today received the official report from Michael McCotter following his special investigation of the Office of the Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). Earlier this year, Governor Quinn appointed McCotter, a 40-year law enforcement veteran, as Special Investigator to review cases and develop recommendations to reform the investigative operations of the Inspector General’s office.
“I thank Special Investigator Michael McCotter for his diligent work in conducting this report,” Governor Quinn said. “We will immediately review the findings and work with members of the General Assembly and advocates to implement a comprehensive solution that reforms the operation of this office and ensures all people are treated with dignity and respect.”
Following reports of abuse and neglect, Governor Quinn took immediate action by issuing an executive order to strengthen protections for adults with disabilities who are suspected victims of such mistreatment and ensure that potential cases will be properly reviewed and referred to the appropriate authorities. The governor also directed a comprehensive overhaul of the office to ensure accountability and the protection of our most fragile citizens. He appointed Michael McCotter to probe the operations of the Inspector General and develop recommendations for reform.
As Special Investigator, McCotter was charged with reviewing the OIG’s investigative procedures and policies. The recommended reforms included in the report are designed to ensure the OIG fulfills its mission of protecting people with disabilities.
McCotter was previously appointed by Governor Quinn as chief public safety officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections and has served in several senior positions at the Chicago Police Department, including chief of patrol, deputy chief of detectives, commander of special events and district commander. He has had professional training with the FBI, United States Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, among other law enforcement agencies.
After reviewing the McCotter report, the governor’s staff will move quickly- working with members of the General Assembly and advocates - to implement a comprehensive solution that best protects citizens with disabilities.
OIG Report on DHS (PDF)