👀 Chicago Councilmatic
Keep track of what the Chicago City Council is doing.
These days, we run apps in containers for local development. Prefer to run the app locally? See the legacy setup instructions.
Install OS level dependencies:
Run the application
docker-compose up -d app
Note that you can omit the
-d flag to follow the application and service logs.
If you prefer a quieter environment, you can view one log stream at a time with
docker-compose logs -f SERVICE_NAME, where
SERVICE_NAME is the name of one
of the services defined in
When the command exits (
-d) or your logs indicate that your app is up and
running, move on to the next step.
Load in the data
Chicago Councilmatic needs to data work properly.
docker-compose.yml file contains a service to scrape Legistar web API and
populate your database with standardized data on the council and its members,
legislation, and events. The default command scrapes all committees and people,
and any events and legislation updated in the last 30 days or scheduled for a
To import data, simply run:
docker-compose run --rm scrapers
This may take a few minutes to an hour, depending on the volume of recent updates! Once it's finished, head over to http://localhost:8000 to view your shiny new app!
Optional: Update the search index
If you wish to use search in your local install, add your shiny new data to your
search index with the
rebuild_index command from Haystack.
docker-compose run --rm app python manage.py update_index --batch-size=100
This app provides a basic set of tests that hit all endpoints for the bills,
people, events, and organizations in your local database and ensure that nothing
breaks. To run them, add some data to your database, as described in
Load in the data, then run
docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml -f tests/docker-compose.yml run --rm app
Original project team
- David Moore - project manager
- Forest Gregg - Open Civic Data (OCD) and Legistar scraping
- Cathy Deng - data models and loading
- Derek Eder - front end
- Eric van Zanten - search and dev ops
Chicago Councilmatic is maintained by the DataMade team.
Errors / Bugs
If something is not behaving intuitively, it is a bug, and should be reported. Report it here: https://github.com/datamade/chi-councilmatic/issues
Copyright (c) 2015-2020 Participatory Politics Foundation and DataMade. Released under the MIT License.