Anyone who is aware of fraud, or suspects fraud, on transportation related projects funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), including fraud related to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, should contact IDOT’s Bureau of Investigations and Compliance. Allegations may be reported by anyone including IDOT employees, contractors, or the general public. The Bureau of Investigations and Compliance’s Hotline is available 24 hours a day. Although reports can be submitted anonymously, the Bureau prefers reporters of fraud include their name and contact information as this facilitates a faster resolution in the event additional information is required. All efforts are made by the Bureau to keep the information confidential. Please help us stop fraud, waste, and abuse by reporting it using one of the following methods.
Report to IDOT
Report to Federal Government
The US DOT Office of Inspector General (OIG) also maintains a Hotline to facilitate the reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs or operations. You may report such allegations through the contact information listed below. Allegations may be reported by DOT employees, contractors, or the general public. OIG’s Hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is operated by a third party contractor.
U.S. DOT/OIG: Hotline Complaint Center
Online: OIG Hotline Complaint Form
Call: (800) 424-9071 (toll free)
Email to: email@example.com
Mail to: DOT Inspector General, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, West Bldg 7th Floor, Washington DC, 20590
Contractors may also use the online FAR Disclosure Form to report criminal or civil violations in connection with a Federal contract.
State of Illinois Employee Misconduct / Office of the Executive Inspector General
To report State of Illinois employee misconduct, please contact the Office Of The Executive Inspector General for the agencies of the Illinois Governor.
Complaints regarding allegations of misconduct, fraud, waste, etc. may be submitted to the OEIG by anyone. Complaints may be submitted anonymously.
To report to the Office of the Executive Inspector General, please do one of the following:
- Call the OEIG's toll-free hotline at 866-814-1113
- Contact the Office via telecommunications device for the disabled (TTY) at 888-261-2734
- Mail a completed complaint form to:
Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor
Attention: Complaint Division
69 West Washington, Suite 3400
Chicago, Illinois 60602
- Fax a completed complaint form to 312-814-5479
- Visit the OEIG's Springfield or Chicago offices to obtain, complete, and submit a complaint form
If you file under certain provisions of the state and/or federal False Claims Acts, you may be eligible for a percentage of the proceeds (typically 15%-25%).
See 740 ILCS 175 for more information on the Illinois False Claims Act.
See 31 U.S.C. Sections 3729 through 3733, for the Federal False Claims Act.
State Employees are protected against retaliatory action
Whistle Blower Protection for State Employees
State of Illinois Employees are protected against retaliatory action when disclosing information about a public body, political activity, state agency, office, or another employee. The full details of the Whistle Blower Protection provision are provided from the Office of Executive Inspector General.
For the law, see Article 15 of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act outlining Whistle Blower Protection.