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  Chicago Inspector general quits to run for Senate
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 26, 2009 07:21pm
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News DateThursday, August 27, 2009 01:20:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionChicago's corruption-fighting Inspector General David Hoffman has resigned to enter the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, removing what appeared to be a giant thorn from Mayor Daley's side.

Hoffman enters a Democratic field vying to replace U.S. Sen. Roland Burris that already includes Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Cheryle Jackson, the president of the Chicago Urban League.

A former federal prosecutor who specialized in breaking up street gangs, Hoffman was hired away from the U.S. attorney's office in 2005 at a time when Daley was besieged by the Hired Truck, city hiring and minority contracting scandals.

It wasn't long before an office that had concentrated on low-level corruption and almost never conducted criminal investigations was working hand-in-glove with federal investigators.

Operation Crooked Code — targeting corruption in the city's Departments of Buildings and Zoning — has already netted 23 arrests, including those of 15 city employees, on charges that cash bribes and lucrative gifts were paid to ignore building code violations or speed up paperwork.

Another joint investigation centers around the hidden interest that the mayor's son Patrick Daley and nephew Robert Vanecko had in a sewer inspection company whose city business rose sharply while they were owners.
Hoffman is also knee-deep with the feds in a massive investigation of city aviation deals that's focusing on alleged minority-business fraud and a link between O'Hare Airport contractors and the brother of a powerful alderman.
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