Police Settlement Transparency and Accountability Ordinance

On Wednesday July 25 32nd ward Alderman Scott Waguespack introduced our Police Settlement Transparency and Accountability Ordinance. This ordinance is a giant step forward in 3 major areas: 1. It provides our City Council with wide-ranging information about civil litigation settlements and judgements stemming from police misconduct litigation. Alderman will no longer be pressured to vote Read more about Police Settlement Transparency and Accountability Ordinance[…]

Andrea Zopp could be added to The Chicago Police Board by Friday Nov. 17

BREAKING: Andrea Zopp is set to be named the newest member of the Chicago Police Board on Friday, pending a City Council meeting. The document obtained by The Chicago Justice Project on Wednesday appears to confirm a Nov. 17 meeting at 9:45 a.m. The meeting will take place in Room 201A, second floor of City Read more about Andrea Zopp could be added to The Chicago Police Board by Friday Nov. 17[…]

Chicago Police Board

Controversy surrounds COPA: Mayor Emanuel shirks accountability, taking matters into his own hands

By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — Just months after its inception, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is already severely handicapped. With a budget that is over $1 million short, a chief administrator vacancy, and a huge backlog of cases, COPA is facing an uphill battle. Mayor Rahm Emanuel named 18 individuals to be added Read more about Controversy surrounds COPA: Mayor Emanuel shirks accountability, taking matters into his own hands[…]

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Convicted In Cook Release!

This site analyzes 5 years of conviction data from the Circuit Court of Cook County.  We are proud to announce the release of Convicted In Cook! This site was created in partnership with the Smart Chicago Collaborative and FreeGeek Chicago. This site offers the first of its kind deep dive into five years of conviction Read more about Convicted In Cook Release![…]

Illinois Municipal League

The Illinois Municipal League and Their Bad Argument Against a Weak FOIA Law

This week both the Tribune and Sun Times ran editorials urging Governor Quinn to sign Illinois Senate Bill 189.  This bill is the new version of the Freedom of Information Act that was authored primarily by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  This bill is far from one that could be considered representative of the best practices Read more about The Illinois Municipal League and Their Bad Argument Against a Weak FOIA Law[…]

Analysis

Hiding Secrets Amidst Transparent Promises – Classic Daley and CPD Behavior!

With the turnover occurring in the higher ranks of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) I thought it prudent to look at a forgotten battle going on in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The results of the case in question, Diane Bond, can be reviewed here, Kalven blog. A case is currently pending before the Read more about Hiding Secrets Amidst Transparent Promises – Classic Daley and CPD Behavior![…]