Lincoln-Way District 210 hires Independent Inspector General
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On July 20, 2017 at the monthly Lincoln-Way District 210 Board of Education meeting, the seven board members unanimously approved the motion to hire Sikich LLP as District 210’s Independent Inspector General (IG). Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley had introduced the concept of an Office of Inspector General to the district’s Board of Education during the board meeting on November 17, 2016.

The first of its kind for a school district outside of Chicago Public Schools, the Inspector General’s Office will provide an independent mechanism by which employees of the district, students or parents can report allegations of fraud, theft, deception or conspiracy.

James M. Sullivan, JD, CFE, CIG will lead the Sikich team as the IG for the District. Sullivan is a licensed attorney, Certified Inspector General, and Certified Fraud Examiner. Before joining Sikich in 2014, Sullivan served for twelve-years as Inspector General for the Chicago Board of Education, where he supervised and conducted thousands of investigations of employee and vendor misconduct. At Sikich, Sullivan conducts fraud investigations and internal control reviews for public and private sector clients. Sikich is a leading professional services firm with 21 offices and more than 800 employees.

Sullivan has worked with many law enforcement agencies including the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, United States Postal Inspectors, the Department of Education Office of Inspector General, and the United States Attorney’s Office. While working in the public sector, Sullivan was a long-time board member of the Association of Inspectors General (AIG) serving a term as the AIG’s second vice president. For more than ten years, he trained other Inspectors General, executive level staff, investigators and auditors in the AIG’s certification institutes.

“Mr. Sullivan’s knowledge and experience aligns perfectly with our qualifications request,” said Board of Education President Joseph Kirkeeng. “Mr. Sullivan will report on and make recommendations regarding investigations to the Board of Education. He will work independently of the district, offering another safeguard to ensure public funds are being used properly.”