Open Data Pledge for the Attorney General of Illinois

Published on Mar 7, 2018 by Derek Eder

The Seal of the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois
The Seal of the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois

Chi Hack Night, representing Chicago’s civic technology community, invites every candidate for Attorney General of Illinois to sign a pledge to, if elected, commit their office to an open data policy and practice.

Below is the invitation to all candidates, as well as the text of the Open Data Pledge.

Candidate responses

  • Aaron Goldstein (D) - Signed 9:19am March 8, 2018
  • Renato Mariotti (D) - Signed 10:27am March 8, 2018
  • Pat Quinn (D) - Signed 11:20am March 8, 2018
  • Nancy Rotering (D) - Signed 3:37pm March 8, 2018
  • Kwame Raoul (D) - Signed 4:08pm March 12, 2018
  • Erika Harold (R) - waiting for response
  • Gary Grasso (R) - waiting for response
  • Jesse Ruiz (D) - waiting for response
  • Scott Drury (D) - waiting for response
  • Sharon Fairley (D) - waiting for response

Why an Open Data Pledge?

Criminal, economic, and social justice require transparency and accountability, facilitated by open access to information. The Attorney General’s office collects and stores a wide range of data on our legal system that’s critical for the public to know and use.

Given the success of our open data pledges from Cook County State’s Attorney, Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Illinois Governor candidates, Chi Hack Night now turns its attention to the highest law enforcement office in Illinois.

We ask that our Attorney General candidates commit to open data practices for the benefit of all constituents, including citizens, organizations, journalists, and other government entities.

Invitation to all candidates

To: All Candidates for Illinois Attorney General
From: Derek Eder, Chi Hack Night
Date: March 7th, 2018
Subject: Open Data Pledge for Candidates for Illinois Attorney General

Chi Hack Night ( is a group of several thousand designers, academic researchers, data journalists, activists, policy wonks, web developers and curious citizens who strive to make our city more just, equitable, transparent and delightful to live in through data, design and technology.

We volunteer every week to build tools to support and serve the public good. Open government data makes it possible for us to do this work.

Chi Hack Night invites every candidate for Attorney General of Illinois to sign the Chi Hack Night Open Data Pledge (attached) to, if elected, enact and promote robust open data policies.

Please sign and return the pledge to us at

Derek Eder
Lead Organizer, Chi Hack Night

Open Data Pledge

Here is the open data pledge, with signatures from the candidates collected so far.

Open Data Pledge for Illinois Attorney General
Download the pledge (PDF)

The open data pledge was drafted by Karleen McAllester, Don Chartier and Derek Eder, with contributions by Soren Spicknall, Ben Cooper, Steve Ediger, Rebecca Williams, Steven Vance, and The Sunlight Foundation, among many others.

About the author

Derek is an entrepreneur, developer and one of the leaders of the civic technology community in Chicago. He is a co-founder and partner at DataMade — a company that tells stories and builds tools with data — and is the lead organizer for Chi Hack Night.