R 2019-157: A 100% Renewable Chicago

Resolution 2019-157, a  commitment the City to 100% renewable electricity in all buildings by 2035 and all-electric CTA bus fleet by 2040, was introduced in March 2019 and passed in April 2019. A four-person team from the Paul Douglas Institute worked with the 100% Chicago Collective, a group of local nonprofits and community advocates, to author a feasibility study and impact report.

This one-page brief summarizes the report, including potential economic and emissions impact should the City of Chicago transition to sourcing 100% renewable energy across all public and private electricity consumption.


Further detail and methedology is available in "A 100% Renewable Chicago: An Economic Impact Report Assessing Renewable Energy in the City of Chicago," a 60-page document detailing further context on Chicago's energy mix and our modeling. This brief was shared with environmental advocacy groups, policymakers, and other stakeholders in Fall 2018. 

COPA: Evaluating Bias in Police Complaints

Police officers in Chicago are disciplined for misconduct after a complaint against the officer is ruled sustained. Complaints can source from an investigation by an external-civilian oversight agency. In Chicago, this is the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Reforms to this external-civilian oversight agency occurred following the Laquan McDonald shooting; however, no rigorous statistical evidence has been produced evaluating the effectiveness of these reforms.


A team of researchers from the Paul Douglas Institute reconstructed a prior study’s multinomial logistic regression (Headley, D’Alessio, and Stolzenberg 2017), and then applied it to Chicago police misconduct complaint data, obtained from the Invisible Institute, from 2008 to 2018. The study attempted to quantify how the race of the complainant affects the likelihood that his or her misconduct complaint is sustained.


In Spring 2019, the team presented the recommendations from their report to COPA, and additionally at a conference at Northwestern University. The student-team continues to be in ongoing conversations with the Office in their policy reform work. 

State Preemption Evidence Dashboard

Chicago Data by Ward

Originating from a partnership with Food & Water Watch Chicago, Paul Douglas Institute researchers created a map that displays demographic information for Chicago by ward. As there is currently no central, up-to-date demographics dataset for Chicago wards, this tool was custom-built by mapping census block groups to wards and aggregating census data. The code used to construct this map can be found here, and the full demographics dataset can be downloaded here.

Interact with the map below or on our Chicago Data page.

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