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[…]

Data Dictionary

SAO FOIA: Their Data Dictionary

This FOIA request targets the data dictionary from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as part of our ongoing advocacy to open their data. As part of our litigation settlement the SAO did provide us with partial data for 7 years of felony case level prosecution data including data on their secretive felony review practices.  But they Read more about SAO FOIA: Their Data Dictionary[…]


Chicago Media on the Violence in Chicago

It would be nice if the media did their jobs to separate fact from fiction and urban myth.  One thing the Chicago media is very good at is being an echo chamber for accusations and rumor rather than taking that material in and comparing it to the facts to see if there is any validity Read more about Chicago Media on the Violence in Chicago[…]


Raises, Cuts — we need data!

Do prosecutors really deserve the pay raise Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine claims they do? Or should they be burdened with the budget cuts Cook County Board President Todd Stroger demands of the office? Decisions are made on a daily basis that burden the system with no tangible results for public safety, unless repressing Read more about Raises, Cuts — we need data![…]