Website Chicago Park District
As the steward of 8,800 acres of green space and 600 parks throughout the City of Chicago, the
Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation. The District manages
more than 240 fieldhouses, 90 natural areas, 2 world-class conservatories, 28 indoor pools,
50 outdoor pools, and 28 miles of lakefront including 23 swimming beaches and one inland
beach. Welcoming millions of visitors every year, the Chicago Park District offers thousands
of special events, and a vast array of recreational, cultural, and environmental programs for
youth, adults, and seniors throughout the City’s unique communities.
Under direction from the Board of Commissioners and the General Superintendent and CEO, the
Inspector General has the authority to conduct investigations into allegations or incidents of
waste, fraud, misconduct, and mismanagement by Park District officials, employees, partners,
members of the Board, or persons conducting business with the Chicago Park District. The
Inspector General makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and Park District
Management based on the results of its office’s investigations and publishes quarterly and
annual reports detailing its activities. The Office of the Inspector General has its own budget and
acts independently of the Park District and the Board.
The Office of the Chicago Park District’s Inspector General (CPD-IG) conducts highly
confidential and sensitive investigations, audits and investigates plans and programs to identify
and prevent illegal or improper practices, maintains case records, prepares reports and briefs,
analyzes specific data gathered from investigations, and makes recommendations for action.
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