IDOC & Their Response to COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the subject of today’s episode. We feature excerpts from a Facebook Live interview we did with Jobi Cates, Founder and Executive Director of Reform Justice Illinois (RJI). RJI was originally created to work on issues solely focused on juvenile lifers, or Read more about IDOC & Their Response to COVID-19[…]

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FOIA: Police Board Superintendent Search Records

The position of Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department is one of the most important positions the Mayor of Chicago gets to fill. The process for who conducts the search for a new superintendent and how the final candidate is selected is clearly detailed in law but all too often Mayors have found a way Read more about FOIA: Police Board Superintendent Search Records[…]

Cook County Court

FOIA: Cook County Bureau of Finance

This FOIA to the Cook County Bureau of Finance is CJP’s response to the assertions made by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). In our ongoing multi-year battle to open up the SAO’s data they have informed us that they don’t possess a data dictionary for their Elite Crimes Case Management System they purchased Read more about FOIA: Cook County Bureau of Finance[…]

Top 10

Top 10 Questions for Interim Superintendent David Brown

We are submitting our 10 Top questions for the hearing on Monday April 20th the Chicago City Council Public Safety Committee will be holding a hearing to confirm now interim Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown to the position permanently. This meeting, like many other of these types of hearings, is basically pure theater. It Read more about Top 10 Questions for Interim Superintendent David Brown[…]

Felony

FOIA: SAO 90s & 2000s Felony Data

This FOIA is seeking primarily felony prosecution data from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). Our campaign to open the SAO started with CJP filing a number of FOIAs with the agency over the course of a single year and after a series of denials ended up with us suing the Office and its Read more about FOIA: SAO 90s & 2000s Felony Data[…]

Records

FOIA: Chicago Police Board Types of Records

As part of CJP’s efforts to better understand what records are actually produced in the operations of the Chicago Police Board (Board) we filed this FOIA request on April 17, 2020. CJP has researching the operations of the Board since 2009 when we published our analysis of ten years of their decisions here. A few Read more about FOIA: Chicago Police Board Types of Records[…]

Brown

Brown Live Stream Articles

Here are the news articles that were discussed in our Facebook Livestream about CPD’s nominated new superintendent David Brown on April 15th featuring Steve Rhodes, the Founder and Editor of the Beachwood Reporter. Articles: Reality Check: Several claims from Chief David Brown’s New Book don’t pass muster, June 6, 2017 – Link – Dallas Morning Read more about Brown Live Stream Articles[…]

Missing Data

FOIA: OEMC 2018 Missing Data

Here is a FOIA seeking missing data we filed on April 7, 2020. This request is being filed because of an oversight where we somehow missed covering from Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2018 with the series of other FOIA request we have filed with OEMC. This request for missing data is part of a Read more about FOIA: OEMC 2018 Missing Data[…]

FOIA, Featuring Merrick Wayne

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a vital tool that allows residents of the state to gain access to public records. Today’s show features a discussion on FOIA and more specifically a memo authored by Matt Topic from Loevy & Loevy. Our guest today is Merrick Wayne who specializes in representing residents, journalists, Read more about FOIA, Featuring Merrick Wayne[…]

Aggregate

FOIA: CPD Aggregate Calls for Service

Here is a FOIA we filed seeking aggregate calls for police service with the Chicago Police Department. This FOIA was filed to help supplement our negotiations with the CPD in our ongoing litigation over their violations of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act please provide copies Read more about FOIA: CPD Aggregate Calls for Service[…]