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Supporting and promoting civic
engagement is a core part of the Great Cities Institute's and Political
Science Department's mission. Dick Simpson, a GCI Scholar for 2005-2006,
currently Professor and Head of Political Science at UIC, and former
Chicago Alderman has compiled sources of current information on Chicago
Politics. These resources include links to research papers, books, videos,
Chicago City Council and Anti-Corruption Reports with current data on how
council members have voted, and information from other city and
independent sources on Chicago Politics. Those with additional
information they wish posted or questions about the site may email him at
Cook County Board of Commissioners Report, December 16, 2010 - April 16, 2014
Anti-Corruption Reports - Reports issued several times a year describe corruption in Chicago and Illinois government.
City Council Voting Records - Keep track of how Chicago Aldermen vote on crucial city issues.
Cook County Voting Records - Keep track of how County Commissioners vote on crucial city issues.
Chicago Political Encyclopedia of Film- A collection of important political films with an emphasis on Chicago and Illinois.
Papers - A collection of scholarly pieces that analyze politics and elections in Chicago and Illinois.
Data Sets- Provides original data sets on urban and state politicians, along with links to other various urban data sets.
Links - List of other useful and relevant sites for information of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, and teaching politics.
Books for Purchase - Important books for understanding Chicago and urban politics.
Urban Affairs Review - The best journal on Urban Politics
How to Win Elections - Provides study guides and video streams on campaigning.