Chicago has no comprehensive risk management program to identify trends or effectively track millions worth of risks and claims it faces across departments, an examination from the City’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found. “The City cannot analyze the total universe of its claims experience to reveal trends, and it takes no coordinated or proactive approach to reducing the frequency and severity of events leading to claims,” the report from Inspector General Joe Ferguson says.

“This is a matter of significant concern because the City spends many tens of millions of dollars annually to pay claims.” The OIG’s office estimated based on “limited data available” that the city spent an average of $4.4 million per week in claims in 2013 and 2014. The costliest of the two–workers compensation and public safety claims (including police misconduct)–cost the city about $350 million.

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