Chicago Municipal Records: Access and Accountability

  • 14 Oct 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Online Event

Access to municipal records is important for government accountability. In some major U.S. cities, there is a city-wide mandate to preserve municipal records, a master retention schedule, and a central municipal archives. Chicago, however, has historically had decentralized and inconsistent policies that often made the process of accessing these records complicated and burdensome.

Join the Chicago Area Archivists and Chicago Collections Consortium on October 14, 2021, 6:00-7:30 pm CST, for an online panel discussion about access to Chicago’s municipal records. Hear from investigative journalists, academic scholars, archivists, and an attorney about the impact of municipal records on their work.


Emiliano Aguilar, Northwestern University

Lakeidra Chavis, The Marshall Project

Edward Remus, Northeastern Illinois University

Joshua Salzmann, Northeastern Illinois University

Sam Stecklow, Invisible Institute and South Side Weekly

Matt Topic, Loevy & Loevy’s Freedom of Information Act practice

Moderated by Gretchen Neidhardt, Chicago History Museum

***Registration for this event is being managed by the Chicago Collections Consortium. Please register here:***

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