Ald. Pawar lines up votes to give IG power to investigate aldermen
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter September 3, 2014 12:53AM
City Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan in his Chicago office, photographed on Thusday, July 26, 2012. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times
Updated: September 3, 2014 2:16AM
Faisal Khan has managed to accomplish what once appeared to be the politically impossible in Chicago: uniting aldermen behind a plan to let the city’s inspector general investigate City Council members and their employees, an influential alderman said Tuesday.
Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) said he has lined up more than 30 votes for his plan to abolish Khan’s $354,000-a-year Office of Legislative Inspector General and transfer the power to investigate aldermen and their staff members to city Inspector General Joe Ferguson.
Pawar said he expects to move quickly on the ordinance to fill a void created by Khan’s public feud with aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and by the fact that the Council’s hand-picked inspector general has now exhausted his budget with four months to go in the year.