“As a result of the aid from the deputy commissioner and airport manager, (the Chicago Department of Aviation) installed the plumbing manufacturer’s combination sink, soap dispenser and hand dryer, in various mother’s rooms and restrooms in the terminals and vehicle service facility at O’Hare,” Ferguson reported.
Working with two other airport managers, the deputy commissioner also retaliated against a worker who was cooperating with the inspector general’s office, Ferguson said. And the commissioner and a foreman “coerced” subordinates to pass petitions and do other chores to assist political favorites.
While the deputy commissioner resigned the day after being summoned for an interview with the IG’s office, they have been placed on the city’s no-hire list and a copy of Ferguson’s report included in their personnel file. One of the two airport managers involved also resigned and has been placed on the no-hire list, but the department did not sustain the charges against the other. The foreman appealed the firing. The plumbing supply firm was not identified.
Ferguson’s report also detailed the theft of $6,222 from a Chicago Public Library clerk, and the sale for personal profit of excess copper wire by a Department of Fleet & Facility Management worker.
The most notable feature of the new report was the release of details of what happened the October night former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was found slumped over the wheel of his city car, apparently intoxicated after having “several large servings of rum” with a subordinate. Ferguson found that both supervisors and patrol personnel improperly let Johnson drive home alone after he was awakened, and made an unauthorized cell phone copy of body-cam footage of Johnson.