The Schiff Hardin-CNA Independent Monitoring Team will conduct compliance reviews and audits to determine whether the City of Chicago (City) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have complied with the requirements of the consent decree. The following documents are related to these efforts and will be updated periodically.

The Independent Monitoring Team will release two Independent Monitoring Reports each year, as required by ¶661.[1] The reports will summarize monitoring activities, including data analysis, reviews, and audits conducted during the six-month reporting periods. The reports will also summarize the Independent Monitoring Team’s determinations of preliminary, secondary, and full compliance for each paragraph reviewed or explain why the Independent Monitoring Team was unable to adequately assess a requirement under review. We expect the reports to be comprehensive, as they will reference specific data and information we use to make determinations of compliance. These reports will also include relevant data and observations from the Community Engagement Team.

Together with the Independent Monitoring Reports, the Independent Monitoring Team will also issue summary, narrative reports about the monitoring progress and the extent to which the City and the CPD is achieving compliance in the ten substantive areas of the consent decree.

The Independent Monitoring Team may also release Special Reports when it deems necessary (¶665).[1] These reports may address issues or concerns that arise during the monitoring project.


Year One Monitoring Plan

Our Year One Monitoring Plan provides our projected assessments and tasks in Year One (March 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020). Specifically, this Monitoring Plan describes the Independent Monitoring Team and the stakeholders to the consent decree; sets out an overview of the purpose of monitoring; introduces our monitoring methodologies; provides our priorities in Year One; describes our anticipated activities in Year One; and explains our upcoming Independent Monitoring Reports. This Monitoring Plan concludes by describing how we anticipate approaching monitoring for the following years. The plan can be viewed here.

Independent Monitoring Report 1

Independent Monitoring Report 1 provides our assessments of the City’s and the Chicago Police Department’s progress on reform efforts in the first reporting period (March 1 through August 31, 2019). In accordance with ¶661, the report includes, among other things, a compliance or status assessment for each paragraph we identified for this reporting period in our Monitoring Plan, a summary of the principal challenges facing the City’s ability to come into compliance with the consent decree, and an updated projection of upcoming work for the City, the OAG, and the IMT. The report is available here. The corresponding press release is available here.


COVID-19 Resources

In light of the current pandemic, on March 27, 2020, Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. ordered that “all the future obligations and deadlines under the Consent Decree, including those for the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and the Independent Monitor, be extended for the longer of 30 days or the time period the COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8 issued by the Governor of the State of Illinois remains in effect.” View the full order here.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois also issued orders in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 public emergency. View the latest March 30, 2020 General Order, which superseded a March 16, 2020 General Order.


[1] The final consent decree is available on the Chicago Police Consent Decree Website. See Consent Decree (January 31, 2019), http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FINAL-CONSENT-DECREE-SIGNED-BY-JUDGE-DOW.pdf.