We work to open data across Chicago & Cook County justice system through our “systemic approach” to transparency.
We link data across agencies to greatly increase the power of our research and make it accessible for all.
We then open that data using state of the art websites to assist communities as they advocate for change.
In 2012, we played a major part in securing the passage of the first Chicago police board reform in more than 60 years. Our study of 10 years’ worth of police board decisions was critical to this reform effort. Later in 2013, we published a first of its kind study of local reporting on violence against women in Chicago’s two large daily newspapers. Our results uncovered massive biases in reporting on both domestic violence & sexual assault and illustrates the mixed messages Chicagoans receive when news coverage represents these crimes in exactly the opposite way they occur in Chicago.
We’re currently working to secure 36 years’ worth of felony level court data from the Cook County Circuit Court. Our litigation in this case will once and for all open access to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s criminal prosecution data so that Chicagoans can get an accurate picture of the stat of their city.
Our ultimate goal is to connect data across the entire City of Chicago and Cook County justice system. This will greatly enhance our ability to hold justice system agencies accountable for their actions and decisions that affect the lives of everyday Chicagoans.
This request for Chicago Police Department’s crime incident data under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act was filed via email with the Chicago Police Department on Jan 20, 2017. Check back as we will be posting the CPD’s response and any followup from us when we get them. This FOIA is part of our ongoing[…]
On January 6, 2017 we filled the following FOIA request with the Chicago Police Department seeking records regarding their storage of police call for service data created by the Office of Emergency Management & Communications. Please provide the following records in digital format where possible: A. Copy of data dictionary / code book from[…]
On November 16, 2016 the we filed a FOIA request with the City of Chicago’s Law Department seeking a copy of a recently completed study on the topic of Chicago Police Department training. Here is the content of the request: In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act please provide copies of the following[…]
The Sun-Times’ Main and Dumke retread an old story and in the process missed a big opportunity to really shed light on the problem at the heart of the issue. The article “WATCHDOGS: Chicago’s deadliest neighborhoods get greenest cops” covers an issue that is as old as time in Chicago – neighborhoods with high crime[…]
For some reason unknown to me Jeremy Gorner seems really worried about the morale of the rank and file Chicago Police officer. On Friday he published his latest article on the topic titled “Police: Morale still low, emboldening criminals and contributing to violence”. The only thing that is really clear in the article is neither[…]
For some inexplicable reason that is never backed up in the article Sam Charles decided to analyze how far from home murders take place. All I could think about when I saw the headline for this article was about that driver education class I had back in high school when the state trooper comes in[…]
It is pretty clear that the Sun-Times as an organization has made up its mind about whether or not we are “short” police officers. The latest propaganda piece is from Fran Spielman and is titled “Can Emanuel deliver on his promise to hire more police?”. Once again the reporting is really short on facts and[…]
There is no universe anywhere where the media should bestow credibility upon a man like Garry McCarthy who stands as the only man in American history to have two consecutive police departments he controlled taken over by the US Justice Department. Just prior to becoming the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department McCarthy was the[…]
The Sun Times ran a front page story on Saturday about how the Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had held a meeting with members of the Black Lives Matter Youth group and committed to meeting with them once a month. The absolutely fascinating thing about how prominently the Sun Times decided to run Sam Charles’[…]
There is no way that Alderman Matt O’Shea (19th) was going to let an ongoing investigation in to an officer involved shooting prevent him from declaring the shooting justified. That’s right folks months before the official investigation in to the shooting is complete a brave alderman stood up and declared the shooting justified. Just don’t[…]