Chicago Residents Gather at October Police Board Meeting to Remember Laquan McDonald

By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — “Laquan McDonald was a young black man who was killed by the police! And we gonna fight all day and night until he rests in peace!” Outside Chicago Police Headquarters, Thursday, a crowd of close to two hundred repeatedly and lyrically chanted the mantra, with increasing fervor.  They were there to observe Read more about Chicago Residents Gather at October Police Board Meeting to Remember Laquan McDonald[…]

Chicago, Meet COPA — A Brand New Police Accountability Agency

By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — With the nation’s eye focused on Chicago, Mayor Emmanuel has been forced to make some changes.  After receiving help from former Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley, COPA — Civilian Office of Police Accountability — has officially launched. Although COPA is off the ground, there are many residents that still don’t fully Read more about Chicago, Meet COPA — A Brand New Police Accountability Agency[…]

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OEMC Call For Police Service Data FOIA

The following FOIA request was filed on 9/13/17 Please provide the following records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act in digital machine ready format: 1. All police call for service data maintained by the Office of Emergency Management & Communications for the time frame of Jan 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017. Read more about OEMC Call For Police Service Data FOIA[…]

The Community Outreach Program – a new phase of the Chicago Justice Project

Chicago – one of the pride & joys of our country – currently suffers from a plague of violence, corruption and the lack of honest justice. The Chicago Justice Project, an organization dedicated to promoting transparency and accountability in the Chicago justice systems, has worked tirelessly to seek information about justice officials and report findings Read more about The Community Outreach Program – a new phase of the Chicago Justice Project[…]

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Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority FOIA

Here is the Freedom of Information Act request we filed on June 27, 2017 with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority seeking records related to justice data they maintain from Chicago & Cook County justice agencies. Please provide the following records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. A.  Records that detail the Read more about Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority FOIA[…]

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Secret City CPD Report

– Updated 7/11:  Here is what the city released to us through FOIA regarding Bromwich’s work: Chicago Justice – Bromwitch Group Response – Attachments_Redacted_Part1 Chicago Justice – Bromwitch Group Response – Attachments_Redacted_Part2 Chicago Justice – Bromwitch Group Response – Attachments_Redacted_Part3 It is pretty clear that Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group was hired by the Read more about Secret City CPD Report[…]

CPD FOIA for District Staffing by Year

This FOIA request was filed with the Chicago Police Department related to district staffing on April 10, 2017. Please provide copies of the following records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. A. Please provide records that detail staffing by district for January 1st of every year for the years of 2000-2017. Please Read more about CPD FOIA for District Staffing by Year[…]

More Opinion Worth Lot Less Than She Thinks

Once again, we have a self-declared expert on Chicago’s violence. This time it is gaming industry attorney and former candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney Donna More. She authored an OpEd in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday March 8 that jumps on the bandwagon to support another equally uninformed opinion, that of Bob Milan. More’s Read more about More Opinion Worth Lot Less Than She Thinks[…]

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New FOIA Verifying SAO Practices

On Tuesday March 7, 2017 the Chicago Justice Project filed the following request for records under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). Unfortunately our FOIA lawsuit has dragged on for over a year now and despite the promise of Kim Foxx taking the office in December we have Read more about New FOIA Verifying SAO Practices[…]

Fact Checking Bill Daley’s Violence Solution

Everyone seems to have a solution to Chicago’s violence these days, despite not much familiarity with the issues beyond the headlines and certainly beyond academia’s leading research. The latest entrant: Banking magnate and former U.S Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. He authored an OpEd in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday March 1. Let’s fact-check Daley’s letter Read more about Fact Checking Bill Daley’s Violence Solution[…]