Transparency Programs & Initiatives


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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guarantees access to records and documents maintained by government.  FOIA legislation began January 1, 2010, strengthening the State’s FOIA requirements and making it easier for individuals to gain access to government information.


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Budget and Financial Information

Important City of Chicago budget information, such as annual operating and grant budgets, debt service schedules, and TIF districts are available online.

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Building and Land Information

The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development have made important building and land use ordinances and plans easier to access by posting them online.

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Business Information

To promote and ensure a fair and vibrant marketplace for businesses and consumers, the City of Chicago has made key business information easily accessible to the public.

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Ethics and Hiring Information

The City is dedicated to maintaining fair, equitable and transparent hiring practices as well as enforcing governmental ethics ordinances to regulate the behavior of City employees, elected officials, appointed officials, lobbyists, vendors, and others.

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Payment and Procurement Information

The City of Chicago is dedicated to an open, fair, and timely process for procuring goods and services.  To support this effort, bid opportunities, current and past City contracts, and other financial and procurement information is available online.

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Minutes and Agendas

The City Council Journal of Proceedings as well as other commission and board meeting minutes and agendas are available online.


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Public Safety Information

Crime and traffic violations statistics and reports are easily accessible to the public.

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Performance Metrics

In an effort to make city government more accountable and responsive to the residents of Chicago, the City is making agency performance data available to the public.

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Data Portal

The City is making downloadable, machine-readable data available to promote better access to government information and encourage the development of new and innovative applications.


Most Recent News (Transparency)

Apr 03,2017 Registration for the 2017 Vendor Fair Now Open
Oct 28,2016 Mayor Emanuel, Department of Procurement Services Report More Than $400 Million In 2016 Contract Payments To Minority, Women Owned Firms
Oct 05,2016 City Council Approves Ordinances Proposed by Mayor Emanuel, Chairman Austin to Improve Procurement Processes
Jul 20,2016 Mayor Emanuel Introduces Ex-Offender Utilization Procurement Bid Incentive
Jul 20,2016 City Council Passes Mayor Emanuel's Ordinance to Expand Veterans Bid Incentive

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Supporting Information

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