Open Chicago

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.

Special Service Areas Map

The Special Service Area map below highlights the boundaries, 2011 tax rate, tax rate cap, budget and Service Provider Agency for each SSA. The boundaries drawn on this map are meant to identify the general impacted properties in an easy to read inter-active format. View City of Chicago Special Service Areas in a larger map … [Read More…]

Special Service Areas 2011 Budgets

On this page, you can find the 2011 Budgets for each of the City’s 43 SSAs. Each budget is broken down into different categories that attempt to detail how the service provider is using SSA resources. The two files directly below contain the combined budget for all 43 SSAs and a summary of the tax … [Read More…]

Special Service Areas Description

The Special Service Area (SSA) program is an economic development tool that establishes a taxing district with specific boundaries. Property owners in that district pay an incremental property tax to fund services such as sidewalk maintenance, landscaping, security and local business advertising. There are currently 43 active SSAs in Chicago with an aggregate budget of … [Read More…]

Inspector General Announces New Transparency Initiative “Open Chicago”

Citing the importance of promoting and enhancing transparency in City government Inspector General Joe Ferguson today announced “Open Chicago,” a new transparency initiative. Hosted on the City of Chicago’s Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) newly redesigned website, the initiative is aimed at increasing the public’s understanding of City government and to further the OIG’s mandate … [Read More…]