Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza is leaving the agency this month. The Illinois OIG oversees “allegations of misconduct in the governor’s office, 40 state agencies, and public universities.” Meza has been in the position for over four-and-a-half years. Meza findings of political hiring wrongdoing plagued former Governor Pat Quinn during his unsuccessful bid for re-election

During his time as Inspector General, Meza pushed for more findings and reports to be made public, although the General Assembly never agreed to the changes. Meza will be moving on to a Chicago law firm. A new inspector general will be appointed by the governor.

Update: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has announced that attorney Thomas Klein will step in as the interim inspector general while he considers a replacement.

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