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Chicago Sun-Times Clout Meter

Chicago Sun-Times Clout Meter
Data modeling, scraping, APIs
Chicago Sun-Times
March 2014

To quantify the power, or ‘clout’, in Chicago City Council, we partnered with the Chicago Sun-Times to model to rank the political influence for Chicago’s 50 Aldermen.

More about this project

Exercising clout is an art more than a science, and perceptions of a politician’s power often matter as much as reality. But is there any way to try to measure an alderman’s clout?

Working together with Sun-Times reporters, DataMade was able to rank City Council clout by collecting data on:

  • Length of tenure in the council
  • Vote share in the last two elections
  • Fundraising in the last election cycle
  • Committee chairmanship