SAO Non-Disclosure Agreements – FOIA

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) has clearly demonstrated an inability to be trusted to faithfully and legally respond to requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. We know this because we just filed our second lawsuit against the SAO for these very reasons. In this request are seeking to determine what researchers Read more about SAO Non-Disclosure Agreements – FOIA[…]


FOIA: DC Office of Unified Communications

This request submitted to the Office of Unified Communications is part of our first set of requests in the District of Columbia (DC). This request is targeting meta data on calls to 911 within DC seeking police services. As is CJP’s policy we are targeting data for as far back as the Office of Unified Read more about FOIA: DC Office of Unified Communications[…]


FOIA: DC Metropolitan Police Department

This is our first set of requests in to the District of Columbia’s (DC) Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). These requests target big data created and maintained by the MPD through the course of their daily work. It is beyond time that that the operations of local justice systems are opened in a manner that allows Read more about FOIA: DC Metropolitan Police Department[…]

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![…]


FOIA: Opening the Finances of the CPD

It is time the finances of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) be open for the public to better learn about how the agency spends money and what that money is spent on. Traditionally the public is only able to access the CPD’s budget in a very basic level through the larger city budget document. Then Read more about FOIA: Opening the Finances of the CPD[…]

Summary Judgment

CJP Wins Summary Judgment Motion

CJP was victorious in our summary judgment motion in our efforts to get the CPD to admit publicly that that a staffing analysis they say they did supporting Rahm’s decision to hire a thousand officers never existed. Yes, we are fighting a FOIA battle over a document CJP knows never existed. This is just another Read more about CJP Wins Summary Judgment Motion[…]

Public Safety

FOIA: Public Safety Committee

CJP submitted this request to the Public Safety Committee of the Chicago City Council in a ridiculous continuation of our efforts to figure out who was on this committee from 2000-2020. For months now CJP is been trying very hard to track what alderman served at any point on the Police and Fire Committee which Read more about FOIA: Public Safety Committee[…]

Police Board

Chicago Police Board FOIA for Discipline Data

The Chicago Police Board has a very unprofessional practice of categorizing the type of misconduct for which the officer has been accused of for statistical reporting purposes but refuses to attach that categories to individual cases. This of course is being done on purpose so that for instance we cannot track how the Board handles Read more about Chicago Police Board FOIA for Discipline Data[…]


What Exactly has Raoul Championed?

“Now, nearly two years in as Illinois attorney general, Raoul is a figure to watch as a state official responsible for translating protest and outrage on the streets into actionable criminal justice and policing reforms after Floyd’s death and the August shooting of Jacob Blake in neighboring Wisconsin. While not ignoring the attorney general’s role Read more about What Exactly has Raoul Championed?[…]

Second attempt

FOIA: Second Attempt at Committee Membership & Terms

This is CJP’s second attempt at requesting data regarding the membership and chairman for the City Council Committees of Police and Fire, Public Safety, and Finance. Believe it or not the City Clerk’s Office is trying to tell us they don’t maintain documents that detail the terms that alderman serve on committees and the terms Read more about FOIA: Second Attempt at Committee Membership & Terms[…]