We ranked City Council members by meeting attendance. Check your alderman’s score.


How we calculated the rankings: Reporters from WBEZ, Crain’s and The Daily Line analyzed committee and full council attendance records maintained by the city clerk’s office from May 2019 through the end of 2021.

The clerk’s office maintains only PDFs of attendance. The analysis required reporters to input nearly 11,000 records into spreadsheets to be calculated.

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An alderman’s individual rate was based on the total number of meetings the alderman was marked as present divided by the total number of meetings the alderman was required to attend.

The overall average rate of attendance, 81%, was calculated by totaling all the meetings attended by each alderman and dividing that by the total number of meetings aldermen should have attended. The team recalculated the attendance analysis from 2019 with the same methodology, which resulted in an adjusted City Council average of 64% from 65%. The previous story has not been changed. Required meetings were based on committee membership (found here), and that can vary widely. Some aldermen are members of as many as 10 committees, others as few as four.

via Crain’s Chicago Business

April 11, 2022 at 09:12AM

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