Springfield Considering Inspector General for City

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The city council in Springfield has hired a Chicago firm to help the city create an inspector general’s office to look into wrongdoing in government.

The State Journal-Register reports that the Springfield City Council approved the contract on Tuesday with Hillard Heintze LLC. The approval lets the city spend up to nearly $80,000 on a contract with the Chicago firm. The firm will give the city recommendations on how it could implement an inspector general’s office. That includes reviewing city needs, creating a plan and establishing an interim inspector general’s office.

Alderman Cory Jobe says the inspector general “will be an independent voice at city hall.”

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