Cook County

Cook County State’s Attorney Breaks Settlement Agreement and Forces Lawsuit!

Despite commitments to work collaboratively from senior officials within Kim Foxx’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office our efforts have instead been stonewalled at every turn. Just like the typical Cook County politician she is not interested in real transparency and true oversight. Our previous lawsuit resulted in a settlement in 2017 in which Foxx’s senior Read more about Cook County State’s Attorney Breaks Settlement Agreement and Forces Lawsuit![…]

Justice

Coverage of Kim Foxx & Justice Issues Overall

The coverage of justice issues in Chicago overall has and continues to be a huge problem for the Chicago media. The hyper-concentration on gun violence and the daily tally of shootings has taken center stage across the various mediums for which Chicagoans can consume news. The legacy outlets also have to compete with agenda driven Read more about Coverage of Kim Foxx & Justice Issues Overall[…]

Foxx

Media Alert: Kim Foxx claims transparency but her record says otherwise

The Chicago Justice Project has been in litigation and fighting for open access to the state’s attorney’s crimes database since 2010. A DECADE! Yet today, Kim Foxx stood in front of television news cameras, journalists and all of cook county to say this: “we make our data – and i will give it to you Read more about Media Alert: Kim Foxx claims transparency but her record says otherwise[…]

SAO

FOIA: SAO Record Types

This request to Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) in one in a series of FOIA requests aimed at getting a better understanding of the data and records the SAO maintains and in what format they maintain it. There is section within the FOIA law that requires public bodies to maintain a list of the Read more about FOIA: SAO Record Types[…]

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[…]

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[…]

bail reform

Bail Not Designed as Punishment

What is the purpose of bail? I ask because, aside from the Jussie Smollett spectacle, bail reform is the key issue in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney, a race featuring Kim Foxx, a leader in national bail reform, trying to fend of three challengers in this week’s democratic primary. It’s a question worth Read more about Bail Not Designed as Punishment[…]

Alternative Media

Alternative Media – Same Bad Reporting

The idea behind the need for alternative media is that the alternative is supposed to be better than the regular. In Chicago when it comes to crime reporting, which is all the rage now, nobody does more of it than the Crime in Wriglyville and Boystown Blogish thing now going by CWB Chicago. If you Read more about Alternative Media – Same Bad Reporting[…]

50 Years

FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence

It turns out Kim Foxx’s 33 months in office have caused the last 50 years of gun violence in Chicago. Needless to say this is not an evidence based analysis but it one pushed by the FOP on a recent segment on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom show. They segment was seeking to cover the Mayor Read more about FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence[…]

Echo Chamber

FOP Watch: Echo Chamber

When all the voices you trust are locked within the same echo chamber it becomes very easy to think that facts and evidence are not integral elements of an argument. This is one of the reasons why the FOP’s arguments on social media and their blogs are lacking in evidence to support their conspiracy theories. Read more about FOP Watch: Echo Chamber[…]