Chicago Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan's term is scheduled to end on November 16. Because the city has yet to determine the next steps for the legislative inspector general's office, it is slated to shut down next week.
Khan is preparing to close the office and "will make certain that the files are stored in a secure, confidential location and, eventually, turned over to whoever is legally entitled to them," Khan's attorney, Clint Krislov, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
"It took the City Council 18 months to choose somebody in the first place. It may take a while to select a successor," Krislov said. "So he really has little choice but to close the office and protect the files for everybody's benefit. They have active investigations and those should be protected, both for the people of Chicago and the people being investigated."
The FBI, Krislov added, has "indicated that they may take steps to ensure protection of the files. . . . I don't know if a subpoena has been issued or will be issued if the office closes. Because of the nature of the investigations, it's not surprising they might be interested."
Khan's spokesman Michael Graham told the newspaper that the office has not received a subpoena.
"We're doing everything we can to protect the integrity of our investigations . . . so all of the work we've engaged in doesn't just get thrown away or end up in the trash bin somewhere," Graham added.