More than 40 years of records detailing civilian complaints against cops led the Chicago Sun-Times and the Data Reporting Lab to find several examples of police officers escaping punishment for infractions for years.
In this Dec. 16, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times story, the Data Reporting Lab looked at food inspection records to show that many food truck vendors have not been inspected as required by municipal laws.
On Dec. 11, 2016, the Data Reporting Lab assisted the Chicago Sun-Times in analyzing the payroll of the Chicago Police Department to show how the number of cops has been falling under the Mayor Emanuel’s watch.
The Ex-mayor and his son gerrymandered the boundaries of a skyscraper project as part of a plan seeking to raise cash from foreign investors seeking visas. The Data Reporting Lab performed some GIS work for the census tract map used as the story’s graphic.
Taxpayers could be out $8.3 million on Little Village warehouse thanks to two costly deals involving two nephews of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. The Data Reporting Lab pulled the needed tax records to unearth the story.
Many people receiving taxpayer-funded housing vouchers live on blocks plagued by violence, according to a Sun-Times Watchdogs report published on Sept. 11, 2016. The Data Reporting Lab analyzed vouched addresses, matching them to addresses in 2016 incident crime reports in Chicago.
On Sept. 4, 2016, Tim Novak reported for the Chicago Sun-Times that more than 5,000 senior citizens and disabled veterans paid no property taxes for 2016. The Data Reporting Lab analyzed the property tax records for the article.
African Americans bear the brunt of marijuana tickets and arrests despite the fact that drug usage is equal across racial lines, writes Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mick Dumke in his August 21, 2016 front page article. The Data Reporting Lab assisted in performing spatial analysis to determine where in the city marijuana arrests were happening the most.
On July 21, 2016, the Chicago Sun-Times published a Watchdog piece looking at the 75 percent of city property owners hit with a property tax increase. The Data Reporting Lab analyzed nearly 900,000 tax and assessment records to show which wards and community areas were hit the hardest.