Driveway permit billing problem still not fixed, costing Chicago millions: inspector general says

Two years after Inspector General Joe Ferguson blew the whistle, the Chicago Department of Transportation is still forfeiting millions of dollars a year by failing to adequately bill and collect permit fees from commercial property owners whose driveways use the public way.

“It is becoming increasingly routine for departments to agree with OIG audits and then not make good on the implementation of recommendations they publicly committed to and, in the process, miss easy opportunities to provide confidence in government operations” and raise revenue, the departing inspector general was quoted as saying.

“Until corrective actions are fully implemented, the city