Basic Definition: Traditional Local School Councils (LSCs) are the democratically-elected governing bodies of individual Chicago Public Schools that are responsible for overseeing school priorities such as approving the school budget, the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP), and overseeing principal evaluation. This is a great way for members of the school community to become more civicallyContinue reading “Local School Council (LSC) Sparknotes”
No Cop Academy report from 2018, which includes survey data of 500 neighborhood residents and where they’d like to see $ put instead—at the intersection of data and individual experience
Black Lives Matter Chicago’s demands regarding the most harmful policies and structural elements of the system of policing, police violence, and institutional racism in our city.
8ToAbolition has examples of non-carceral community support models.
A youth-produced toolkit with activities and supplemental activities exploring the costs of policing, and what real community safety could look like in Chicago.
Every year, police take millions of dollars from ordinary Chicagoans and spend it behind closed doors. “Civil forfeiture, as the process is known, allows police and prosecutors to permanently keep any cash, vehicles, or other goods seized during a traffic stop or investigation. As long as they believe the money is tied to a crime,Continue reading “Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget”
Chicago is spending more on policing per person than at any time in the last half-century despite a persistent drop in crime over the last two decades, while the vast majority of murders remain unsolved.
This website pulls budget info from budget ordinances and makes comparisons with other cities easy. It shows CPD with a budget of $1.652 billion, 37% of the total budget. But that doesn’t account for police misconduct settlements or overtime overages. In 2018, Chicago spent more than $113 million on police misconduct settlements.