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Chicago Government Information

A research guide for Chicago government information

Key Resources

The Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center is home to the Municipal Reference Collection which is the official depository for the City of Chicago government publications. Also, for pre-1923 reports by the Chicago Government, try searching in Google Books. Most pre-1923 items are available for download as PDF.

Annual Appropriation Ordinance and Budget
1980 - current, from the Office of the City Clerk web site. For older documents (1950s - 1981), check out our print resources:
Call number: 379.773 C532aa.  Visit also the Office of Budget and Management of the City of Chicago for the current budget information

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the City of Chicago
2003 - current, from the Department of Finance site - under each year, look for CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report). For older documents (1880s - 2003), check out our print resources:
Call number: 352.07731 F492a

Executive Orders by the Chicago Mayors
1983 - current, from the Office of the City Clerk site.

Journal of Proceedings of the City Council
1981 - current, from the Office of the City Clerk site. For older documents (1871 - 1980), check out our print resources:
Call number: 352.0773 C5322 1871-1908 : 1917-1980