You can search and browse legislation from 2011 onwards. Some interesting searches include:
Chicago Councilmatic is a free and easy way to access official Chicago City Council information.
Chicago City Council is the legislative body of the City of Chicago. It consists of 50 elected aldermen, each representing one of Chicago's wards. City Council meets monthly and is presided over by Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago. The secretary is Susana Mendoza, City Clerk of Chicago.
Generally, Chicago City Council deals with the following topics:
Below are the categories of legislation in Chicago:
Ordinances are proposed changes to Chicago’s local laws. Some of these are changes to Chicago’s Municipal Code and others, called uncompiled statutes, are recorded in the Council’s Journal of Proceedings.
If you are harmed by the City of Chicago, you can make a claim against the City for your costs. Minor harms, like personal injury or automotive damage, are settled through City Council as Claims. If you sue the City for harm and come to a settlement, the settlement must also be approved by the Council.
Resolutions are typically symbolic, non-binding documents used for calling someone or some organization to take an action, statements announcing the City Council's intentions or honoring an individual.
Orders direct a City Agency to do or not do something. They are typically used for ward matters like issuing business permits, designating parking zones and installing new signs and traffic signals.
Used for appointing individuals to positions within various official City of Chicago and intergovernmental boards.
Submissions of official reports by departments, boards and sister agencies.
Similar to reports and used for notifying City Council of intentions or actions.
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Official swearing in of individuals to leadership positions at the City of Chicago, including Aldermen and board members.
One of the more unusual aspects of Chicago City Council is the volume of ordinances that are introduced and passed every month. Most of these are routine items like sign permits, damaged vehicle claims, sidewalk cafe approvals and honorifics.
To help sort through all of this, we classify all legislation and tag it appropriately. If something doesn’t look like a routine piece of legislation, we tag it as Non-Routine to make it easier to discover.
This website is open source and on GitHub - meaning that anyone can re-use or adapt the code.
The data from this website comes from the Chicago City Council legislation site, a system built by Granicus using their Legistar Legislative Management Suite. The data is managed by the Office of the City Clerk. On Councilmatic, each piece of legislation provides a link to its source for reference.
This data is then collected daily with the help of the Legistar Web API and stored using the Open Civic Data standard and platform. Open Civic Data standardizes information about people, organizations, events and bills at any level of government and was built in collaboration with The Sunlight Foundation, Google, Granicus and Open North.
The site was built by DataMade, a civic technology company. They build open source technology using open data to empower journalists, researchers, governments and advocacy organizations.
Chicago Councilmatic has been built with support from The Sunlight Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to making government more accountable & transparent.
Councilmatic was originally created by Mjumbe Poe for Philidelphia, during his time as a 2011 Code For America Fellow. It was the first fully-developed open data site for municipal legislation in the United States.