Evaluation of Illinois city websites

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Below is a chart evaluating the transparency efforts of Illinois city websites.

Reading the chart

In the chart below:

600px-Yes check.png means that information is included on the government website
600px-Red x.png means that the information was not provided on the government website
P
Partial.png
means that information was partially provided

Check the page about each city for more detailed information about what information is available on the city website, along with recommendations users have made for positive changes.

Conclusions chart

2012

The chart below encompasses the grades for the 5 largest cities and the capital of Illinois, which averaged a "B" website transparency grade.

Budget? Meetings? Elected officials (Sunshine Review)? Admin. Officials? Permits/
Zoning
?
Audits? Contracts? Lobbying? Public records? Taxes?
Y
600px-Yes check.png
6 5 6 5 6 3 3 1 3 5
P
Partial.png
0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 2 0
N
600px-Red x.png
0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 1 1

Comparison chart

City Grades Budget Meetings Elected Officials (Sunshine Review) Admin.
Officials
Permits/
Zoning
Audits Contracts Lobbying Public records Taxes
Aurora, Illinois B- Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
P
Partial.png
N
600px-Red x.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Chicago, Illinois B Y
600px-Yes check.png
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Y
600px-Yes check.png
P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Joliet, Illinois C Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png
P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Naperville, Illinois A+ Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
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Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
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Rockford, Illinois C Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
P
Partial.png
N
600px-Red x.png
P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Springfield, Illinois B- Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
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Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png

Comparison of all Illinois city websites

City Grades Budget Meetings Elected Officials (Sunshine Review) Admin.
Officials
Permits/
Zoning
Audits Contracts Lobbying Public records Taxes
Aurora, Illinois B- Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
P
Partial.png
N
600px-Red x.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Barrington, Illinois B
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N
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N
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Belleville, Illinois A+
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{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
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{{{1}}}
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Carbondale, Illinois A+
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Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
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{{{1}}}
Y
600px-Yes check.png
{{{1}}}
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Chicago, Illinois B Y
600px-Yes check.png
{{{1}}}
Y
600px-Yes check.png
P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Dixon, Illinois D N
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{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
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N
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N
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N
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N
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N
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Grafton Township, Illinois B
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P
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Highland Park, Illinois B
{{{1}}}
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{{{1}}}
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N
600px-Red x.png
N
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{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
Joliet, Illinois C Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png
N
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P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Lyons, Illinois F N
600px-Red x.png
{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
P
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P
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N
600px-Red x.png
N
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N
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N
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N
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Naperville, Illinois A+ Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
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Y
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Y
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Oak Brook, Illinois B
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{{{1}}}
P
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{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
N
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{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
Orland Park, Illinois A+
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{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
Palatine, Illinois B
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P
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P
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{{{1}}}
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River Forest, Illinois B
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P
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{{{1}}}
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Rockford, Illinois C Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
P
Partial.png
N
600px-Red x.png
P
Partial.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Round Lake, Illinois B-
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-
{{{1}}}
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{{{1}}}
N
600px-Red x.png
N
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P
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Springfield, Illinois B- Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
N
600px-Red x.png
N
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N
600px-Red x.png
Village of Barrington Hills, Illinois A-
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{{{1}}}
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N
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{{{1}}}
{{{1}}}
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Wilmette, Illinois A+
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Correcting errors

If you discover an error in this chart or on one of the articles about an Illinois city, you can report the error to Geoff Pallay, Director of Research.