Ontario, Canada Ministry of Infrastructure Website

In 2009, the Ministry of Infrastructure in Ontario, Canada launched a website to allow users “to track the progress of recently announced infrastructure stimulus projects in their community and across the province.”[1] The website’s goal is to provide “greater transparency and accountability to Ontario residents regarding federal-provincial infrastructure stimulus funding by highlighting the provincial contribution … [Read More…]

Icelandic Constitutional Council Use of Social Media

 In 2011 the Icelandic Constitutional Council used a variety of social media tools to engage citizens in the process of redrafting the national constitution. The Council posted weekly drafts of articles for the new constitution on its website and invited public comment and debate. Videos of each of the Council’s sessions were streamed live on … [Read More…]

Annual Special Review of Inspector General’s Office Exempt Expenditures

A special review of the Office of Inspector General’s Exempt Expenditures was done by Mitchell and Titus to assist the Office of Compliance to determine whether: (a) OIG’s expense calculations are in accordance with the established procedures and controls regarding those expenditures; and (b) OIG’s expenditures within each of the confidential line items was reasonable … [Read More…]

2012 Proposed Budget – Data Analysis Version

Yesterday, the administration released its proposed 2012 budget. As in past years, the proposed budget was presented in pdf format. To help facilitate analysis of the City’s budget, we have converted the pdf into Excel and CSV files.

Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) Recipients thru August 2011

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) is a program which reimburses recipients for eligible improvements to buildings. Since 2000, the SBIF program has funded over $28 million in grants to over 600 applicants. SBIF is funded by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues and administered by SomerCor 504, a non-profit development firm. SBIF … [Read More…]

Supplement to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2010

State Law requires that all governmental units publish within six months of the close of each fiscal year (December 31 for Chicago), financial statements presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and audited by a licensed public accountant. The purpose of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement (CAFR) is to provide complete and accurate … [Read More…]

2008 thru 2011 Overtime Reports

The City has recently posted all overtime payments made during 2008, 2009, 2010, and thru April 2011. (Notably excluded is overtime payment data for the Chicago Police Department, which is the department where the most overtime payments occur.) The City posted this data in a pdf format, instead of in a format that easily enables … [Read More…]

2011 Mayoral Transition Report

In order to provide the incoming Mayoral administration with information about the inner workings of City government, the Daley administration developed a transition document with information on each City department. The report includes descriptions of how each department is organized and a summary of the services it provides.

MWBE Compliance Summaries for DHED Funded Projects

While the City places minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) requirements on contracts administered by the Department of Procurement Services (DPS), it also puts these requirements on construction projects that receive support from the Department of Housing and Economic Development. This support often takes the form of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) subsidies, but also may … [Read More…]

1999 Tridata Study of Chicago Fire Department

In 1999, a comprehensive review of the Chicago Fire Department was completed. The study contains detailed information on the department’s organizational structure and highlighted potential ways it could improve its operations.