IT’S SUNSHINE WEEK! In addition to engaging in dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, this is a time to get acquainted with government data sets! Government bodies are releasing millions of data sets that are available at our fingertips and easily searchable. For starters, check out data about your state, county, city, your ZIP code, your school district or even your specific school. Here is a list of websites to get you started.
GOVERNMENT DATA AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Find federal datasets concerning specific municipalities. Search by topic, also.
Search and browse hundreds of city datasets. Search by category or topic.
Find federal datasets concerning specific counties. Search by topic, also.
Find birth, marriage, & death records; delinquent property tax search; Cook County ordinances; election results; polling locations; directory of elected officials; maps; lobbyist reports; TIF property searches, reports, and maps; and ethics filings.
Search for federal datasets concerning states. Search by topic, also.
Search and browse thousands of state datasets. Search by municipality, category, or topic.
Illinois Sex Offender Information
Illinois Department of Transportation
Find project information and maps
Illinois Report Card
Find facts about individual schools, including ISAT scores, PSAE scores, total enrollment, number of schools, number of teachers, student mobility, graduation rates, college readiness rates, instructional average spending per student, and average operational spending per student. Also, view indicators of academic progress, district environment, student characteristics. Compare your school to others.
Portal to search for federal datasets for cities, counties, and states.
Search for federal contracts by agency, department, vendor, or fiscal year.
U.S. Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics
View combined federal, state, and Census Bureau data on employers and employees. Statistics on employment, earnings, and job flows at detailed levels of geography and industry and for different demographic groups.
Toxics Release Inventory Program
Enter an address for maps locating toxic chemicals in your community.
Access reports and downloadable files tracking the management of more than 650 toxic chemicals used at U.S. industrial facilities.
Information on millions of companies worldwide. Search by name, filter by jurisdiction.
Offshore Leaks Database
Search for offshore companies and trusts, by country.
Search through 450 online databases across 120 countries for information on shareholders, directors, and financial reports of companies worldwide.
Thanks to reporter Jeff Lowenstein for compiling this list and for his fantastic presentation at the Chicago Headline Club sponsored FOIA Fest 2014 hosted at Loyola University to kickoff Sunshine Week.