Legislative watchdog is ill-equipped compared to other Illinois watchdogs
Transparency allows the people of Illinois to see into the inner workings of their government and hold their elected officials accountable. But there is still one area shrouded in darkness: the judicial branch of Illinois government.
Despite improvements in budgeting for lawsuit costs under the Lightfoot administration, police settlements continue to exceed budgets, while other departments are not required to budget for payments.
Department of Transportation Change Highlights and Context Chicago Public Library Change Highlights and Context Department of Law Change Highlights and Context
Chicago Police Department The Chicago Police Department is by far the largest of Chicago’s departments in terms of both appropriations and personnel. In the 2023 proposal, CPD’s $1.9 billion budget […]
Chicago Fire Department Change Highlights and Context Chicago Commission on Human Relations CCHR is the investigatory and enforcement agency for Chicago’s Human Rights and Fair Housing ordinances. The Commission also […]
Office of Public Safety Administration The Office of Public Safety Administration was created during the 2020 budget cycle to save costs and eliminate redundancies by consolidating non-uniformed public safety roles. […]
Emanuel-era surge in CPD public relations staff, maintained in Lightfoot’s budgets, puts Chicago ahead of peer cities in comms spending per capita and as a proportion of overall budget
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Change Highlights and Context Office of Inspector General The Office of the Inspector General has jurisdiction to conduct investigations, audits and reviews of […]
Department of Public Health Change Highlights and Context Civilian Office of Police Accountability COPA is the city’s investigatory body for several broad categories of police misconduct, including excessive force, death […]