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Inspector not afraid to pry in City Hall | Chicago Tribune | 6/7/2009

| Tribune reporter

At a City Hall that has seen two decades of one-man rule, an appointee of Mayor Richard Daley is emerging as the most prominent counterweight to the mayor's virtually absolute lock on power.

Inspector General David Hoffman's new report slamming Daley's lease of city parking meters was the clearest sign yet the former federal prosecutor isn't just interested in nailing bribe-taking bureaucrats -- he's expanding his role to include critiquing how Daley runs city government.

Hoffman won't say whether he wants to keep the job beyond the end of his first four-year term in September. But in an interview with the Tribune, Hoffman said he has dramatically altered the perception of an office long viewed as unwilling to go after anybody close to Daley.

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