Faisal Khan was CEO of Project Six. He also served as the 1st Legislative Inspector General of Chicago from 2011-2015. Faisal Khan is the CEO of Project Six, an independent government watchdog group investigating corruption in Chicago and Illinois.
Previously Khan served as the City Council's first Legislative Inspector General. Prior to that, Khan served as Inspector General for New York City's Department of Investigation as well as Assistant District Attorney, acting as lead Prosecutor in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases.
Every time an elected official faces charges of corruption it shows how the system is broken. But recognizing when oversight is successful is important to enact the oversight reforms that Chicago so desperately needs.
In December 2016, a federal grand jury in Chicago indicted Alderman Willie B. Cochran for 15 counts of bribery, extortion,…
Chicagoans deserve a Board of Ethics that actively enforces the law and doesn't look for loopholes for elected officials to use. Hopefully this is a positive sign of more sensible rulings to come.
Thanks to a new encouraging and proactive ruling by the Chicago Board of Ethics (BOE), certain corrupting freebies and special…
In 2015, the hotel lobby donated more than $85,000 to Chicago aldermen. In 2016, Chicago passed complex and confusing regulations on home sharing services like Airbnb.
Laws should be written for taxpayers best interests, not who can write the biggest check.
Chicago aldermen got more than $85,000 from the hotel lobby in 2015. In 2016 regulations for home sharing passed in…
Project Six | By the Numbers: The Department of Justice investigation on the Chicago Police Department
The data from the DOJ investigation on the CPD shows systematic problems with oversight and ethics enforcement. What do the numbers show?
Misconduct complaints against police took 5 years to investigate on average.
More than 30,000 complaints were filed against the CPD.
409 police shootings were investigated, 2 were determined "unjustified."
58% of misconduct complaints were not investigated because they were made anonymously.
Read a breakdown of the numbers:
This month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released an investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD) looking…
It's groundhog day in Chicago: another City alderman has been indicted for bribery, theft, and extortion. But there are reforms that can–and must–take place to end this cycle of corruption.
Chicago needs to start all over, and there are three steps that will make this possible
Alderman Willie Cochran was indicted today on charges of theft, fraud, extortion and bribery. The–now disbanded–Office of the Legislative Inspector General worked with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office to make sure the truth was eventually made public and Cochran would see his day in court. Oversight can be effective, Cochran's indictment is proof of that.
South Side Ald. Willie B. Cochran has been charged in a 15-count federal indictment that alleges he shook down a lawyer and a liquor store manager.
Cook County assessor Joseph Berrios broke ethics laws and conducted a four-year campaign to avoid oversight–on the taxpayers dime. He should resign immediately.
No one — especially an elected official — can pick and choose what laws he or she is required to follow.
Because of Project Six's latest investigation, a major conflict of interest has been ended in City Hall. P6 uncovered how Madeleine Doering, the acting chief of staff for Alderman Brendan Reilly was a registered lobbyist for two of the biggest real estate developers in Chicago. This morning, Doering resigned.
Alderman Reilly said Doering's resignation was due to the investigation from Project Six–but still tried defending the conflict of interest.
Read the full investigation here: http://bit.ly/2fkgx0x
Madeline Hill was at the center of virtually every major downtown zoning decision for nearly a decade. Now come accusations she worked as a paid lobbyist while she was an influential city staffer.
I really enjoyed talking with Matt McGill on WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago this morning to discuss Chicago's budget and the shameful lack of oversight into the budget making process in the city.
Faisal Khan joined Matt McGill’s morning show on WVON-AM to discuss Chicago’s $8.2 billion 2017 budget and the lack of…
How are political donations influencing (or corrupting) Chicago government? Taxi lobby donations and the latest attempt to ban self-driving cars in the city are good examples.
The two Chicago aldermen trying to preemptively ban self-driving cars and ride-sharing in Chicago (before any are on the road here) have received $16,000 in political donations from the taxi lobby since 2015.
Is the ban a push for public safety or political favor for big donors?
Check out the recap of this month's City Council meeting from Project Six.
On Wednesday, September 14, the City Council held the full council meeting for the month of September. Along with a…
I wrote a piece for Crain's Chicago Business on Chicago's elected officials bucking transparency laws and using private email accounts for government business
More than a third of the City Council is using personal email to conduct government business. That judgment lapse sounds eerily familiar.
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Chicago aldermen are proving once again that they “don’t want any oversight” by tying the hands of Inspector General Joe Ferguson, even as they empower him to investigate the City Council, former Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan charged Tuesday. One day before a showdown vote that could be…
Thank you Chicago Tonight for having me on as your guest. http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/02/09/former-legislative-inspector-general-faisal-khan-speaks-out
Faisal Khan left the post of City Council Legislative Inspector General last fall after a controversial four-year term. Wednesday the City Council will vote on whether to hire a second one. But Khan's tenure has raised a lot of questions about the funding and effectiveness of that office.
84 days of no oversight over Chicago city council. Looking forward to talking about this & more tonight on WTTW Chicago Tonight at 7pm. Tune in!
Feb. 4, 2016 (per Facebook DM)
Mr. Khan: This is Dan Mihalopoulos from the Chicago Sun-Times. I would like to interview you regarding documents I received from the city through FOIA -- namely your invoices for payment, primarily for legal services, of course, but also for a TV, a white noise machine, your ARDC registration. My story also will likely make reference to your ongoing lawsuit vs the city, Burke, Harris, et al. If you wish to comment, you can reach me on cell ###-###-###x at your convenience. Best, Dan
PS I'm sorry that I don't know where else to reach you but here. I will also try to contact your attorney in the case against the city, Mr. Krislov.
Feb. 5, 2016
Dear Mr. Mihalopoulos,
I am out of town and am unavailable for interview. But here is some salient information that should be appropriately considered and included in your article:
The lawsuit is pending and I refer you to Mr. Clint Krislov on that matter.
When the OLIG was created, the City and City Council failed to provide any resources to the office, including computers, phone lines, and stationary. The majority of equipment received was either from other departments as a courtesy, or brought in and/or purchased by OLIG staff, with the hopes of reimbursement.
With regards to the specific items you query:
The TV was primarily used as a large monitor, in support of OLIG investigations. It is and remains City property, and as of the closure of our office, it remained in the conference room at 740 N. Sedgwick, Suite 300. This can be verified through Building Management.
Our main witness interview room was next to a shared lobby/waiting area for three agencies. As such, a white noise machine was placed in the lobby to protect confidential information being improperly overheard. It was never reimbursed for by the City; once the lawsuit was filed, the City as retaliation stopped reimbursing anything with my name on it. This can be verified through the Comptrollers Office.
The City also pays for all ARDC registrations for its attorneys, including Board of Ethics and Law Department. This can be also be verified through the Comptrollers Office.
I am in full support of the merger between the OLIG and the OIG, with no restrictions on the OIG's ability to conduct investigations.
Please feel free to email if you have any other questions.
If anyone has questions please post them and I will try to answer them with facts, as opposed to hyperbole and nonsense. Have a good weekend all!
Read the Feb. 5, 2016 Q & A below between myself and Mr. Mihalopoulos and then read his Feb 6th article (see link below)-
Notice a lot of missing information and facts, folks?
Despite Mr. Mihalopoulos knowing, he intentionally and shockingly omits the facts that long after my paychecks ended, as per my responsibility and duty, I continued to work for free all year long every year. For instance, even though I received my 2015 salary by July, I worked full time past the date until the end of my term in November. Additionally I used a portion of my salary in 2014 to keep the OLIG office open.
This article is the perfect example of inconvenient facts and truths conflicting with bias and politically driven reporting and agendas. That is the reason I publically posted the Q and A in the first place so you all could see. I had a suspicion, now validated, that what was told would not be printed.
Seriously though,it just makes you laugh. It's not worth much more than that.
It has been 75 days since Chicago's City Council shut down their own Legislative Inspector General's office. One of the duties of the office was to oversee campaign contributions of city council. On Friday January 15th, all elected officials in the state of Illinois filed their 4th quarter campaign finances with the Illinois State Board of Elections. For the fourth quarter of 2015, the political committees of all 50 Chicago aldermen filed a combined figure of $1,745,611.28 in campaign contributions. This figure comes from their aldermanic committees only, and not their comitteemen filings. The question remains, who is watching this trail of money? For a ward by ward breakdown of total receipts for the 4th quarter of 2015, see below.
Ward 1 $73,270.99
Ward 2 $122,850.00
Ward 3 $107,030.00
Ward 4 $36,134.00
Ward 5 $7,410.00
Ward 6 $23,450.09
Ward 7 $96.80
Ward 8 $100.00
Ward 9 $28,600.00
Ward 10 $36,119.00
Ward 11 $3,079.42
Ward 12 $59,716.03
Ward 13 $0.00
Ward 14 $366,000.00
Ward 15 $37,750.00
Ward 16 $16,914.60
Ward 17 $9,000.00
Ward 18 $4,100.00
Ward 19 $43,075.00
Ward 20 $1,690.00
Ward 21 $12,525.00
Ward 22 $9,840.00
Ward 23 $2,000.00
Ward 24 $15,725.00
Ward 25 $14,050.00
Ward 26 $76,315.53
Ward 27 $2,000.00
Ward 28 $2,250.00
Ward 29 $11,200.00
Ward 30 $500.00
Ward 31 $10,900.00
Ward 32 $2,850.00
Ward 33 $2,450.00
Ward 34 $22,600.00
$1,000.00 (second committee)
Ward 35 $350.00
Ward 36 $19,339.99
Ward 37 $6,575.00
Ward 38 $15,645.00
Ward 39 $60,845.00
Ward 40 $105,796.54
Ward 41 $816.06
Ward 42 $227,238.62
Ward 43 $600.00
Ward 44 $10,204.61
Ward 45 $1,588.00
Ward 46 $7,125.00
Ward 47 $14,801.00
Ward 48 $2,325.00
Ward 49 $91,540.00
Ward 50 $22,330.00
49 days of absolutely no oversight over Chicago's city council. We are into the new year, but have taken a major step back in time by allowing the closure of the Office of the Legislative Inspector General. While the city of Chicago is one of the most amazing to live in, most recently our nation has seen multiple cries for transparency in nearly every aspect of our Chicago city government. The shut down of the Office of the Legislative Inspector General was additional collateral damage to an ever-growing struggle for better government in Chicago. Where is the accountability that our good citizens deserve? Ask your Alderman.
Faisal Khan blasts Emanuel, aldermen
Happy New Year Chicago!
No oversight since Nov. 16th....
This time last year, the Chicago City Council's watchdog was soliciting donations via his page to keep his office lights on. This year, the lights have been off — and the office empty — since Nov. 16.
I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday! (Photo courtesy of http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/mike-maher.html)
Tomorrow (Mon Dec 14th) marks 27 days that Chgo City Council is without an Inspector General. http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/7/71/1175115/editorial-city-council-spitting-wind
On Monday, two Chicago City Council committees will hold a joint meeting to consider two proposals to beef up oversight by the council's inspector general.
$7,000 a Day and No One is Watching.
For the past 21 days, your Chicago City Council Aldermen have been without oversight. On Nov.16th, the Council closed down their own inspector general office. Meanwhile, for the past 21 days the council collectively has reported more than $7,000 a day in political contributions from donors to the Illinois State Board of Elections. That is nearly $145,000 in the past 21 days of reporting contributions that have exceeded $1,000, so be sure that the actual amount is much higher. As the demands and outcries for oversight in our city have reached national levels, your very own elected body of city council let their own Office of the Legislative Inspector General go dark. This issue of inspector general powers over city council is not up for vote for tomorrow's Dec 9th City Council meeting as promised. Instead, it will be discussed in the Rules and Ethics and Workforce Joint Committees on Dec 14th. The promise made to YOU to restore council oversight by the end of this year will not be fulfilled. Call your Alderman and demand that they make oversight their OWN top priority.
These past two weeks we have seen a tremendous public outcry for accountability and ethical behavior in our city. And yet for 14 days your own elected Chicago City Council have established themselves above the law and let their Legislative Inspector General's office close. Although there is a Rules & Ethics Committee meeting scheduled for today (Dec 1), the issue of having city council oversight is not on the agenda. In fact, the issue of city council Aldermen having inspector general oversight is not on any other committee agenda thus far leading to the Dec. 9th city council meeting. Call your Alderman and demand that they make good on their promise to re-establish city council oversight by the end of the year.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all of the tremendous outpouring of support and gratitude that I have witnessed over the past few weeks. Chicagoan's are the best! My very best to you and your loved ones. I will continue to keep your best interests in the forefront of this great city.
It has been 7 days that Chicago's city council has ceased to have oversight of its 50 elected Aldermen and their nearly 400 council staff members. There is no one to take your important complaints or concerns for 7 days now. Tasks such as investigating allegations of campaign finance impropriety cease to exist.
Contact your Alderman and demand that city council has the same oversight that the rest of the more than 26,000 city employees/agencies have. Demand what you, as a taxpayer, were promised during election season.
City Council Watchdog Ousted, FBI Seizes Files on Aldermen
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