Chicago Police Board
The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian body that oversees various matters of the Chicago Police Department, mainly deciding disciplinary cases involving police officers or members of the department and nominating candidates for Superintendent of Police. The nine individuals who sit on the board are appointed by the mayor.
The Chicago Police Board’s grade does not account for a 2019 Chicago Tribune report revealing that the Police Board has compiled profiles on every citizen who spoke at public meetings of the city’s police disciplinary panel, a level of surveillance that is sure to have a chilling effect on public participation.
Grades are based on information from December 2019
The first step toward participating in a public meeting is knowing when and where it is, and getting context on the decisions it’s been making.
The Illinois Attorney General has said that all public bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act must provide an opportunity for members of the public to address public officials at open meetings. Public comment periods offer an avenue for people to support or oppose policy decisions and provide information that might not otherwise be represented in a meeting.
Knowing the time and location of a meeting is one thing, but it doesn’t necessarily make getting there any easier. Varying meeting times and locations can reduce barriers for attendees.