Chicago Politics @UIC

Supporting and promoting civic engagement is a core part of the Department of Political Science's mission at UIC. The resources below can connect you to research papers, books, and videos as well as special reports on corruption, the Chicago City Council, and the Cook County board. They also provide some data sets and links to other sources of information on Chicago Politics. If you wish contribute additional information, please email Professor Dick Simpson. 


The Cook County Board During President Preckwinkle's Second Term
Cook County Board of Commissioners Report
December 2014 – December 2017


More Alderman are Voting More Often Against Mayor Emanuel on Controversial Issues in the Chicago City Council
Anti-Corruption Report #9
Release Date May 16, 2017


 2015: A Banner Year in Illinois Corruption
Anti-Corruption Report #8 
Release Date: March 9, 2016


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.