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Chicago CIty Executive Branch Print Page

Mayor's Office and Agencies

The City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government under the Illinois Constitution and thereby authorized to perform certain functions pertaining to its government and affairs. The government of the City of Chicago is divided into the executive and legislative branches.  City government is divided into executive and legislative branches. The mayor is the chief executive while the City Council, elected from 50 wards, is the legislative body.
Government priorities and activities are established in a budget ordinance usually adopted in November of each year. The city takes official action through the passage of ordinances and resolutions.


The Mayor is the chief executive of the city and responsible for the administration and management of various city departments. The Mayor submits proposals and recommendations to the City Council and is active in the enforcement of the city’s ordinances. The Mayor also submits the city’s annual budget and appoints city officers, department commissioners or directors, and members of city boards and commissions, including Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department and Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

Office of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel


Chicago Municipal Code

The Municipal Code is a published compilation of City laws and their revisions organized according to subject matter (arranged by title, chapter and section). The Municipal Code is updated periodically as new ordinances are adopted by the City Council.

Chicago Zoning Ordinance and Land Use Ordinance (No Frames)
(Comprising Titles 16 & 17 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, and Zoning & Land Use-Related Tables)

Building Code and related excerpts of the Municipal Code of Chicago (No Frames)
Comprising Sections of Titles 13, 15, 18 and other related excerpts of the Municipal Code of Chicago for the Building Industry


The Law Department serves the Mayor, the City Departments, Boards and Commissioners and the City Council as they establish and administer policies and programs to benefit the Chicago residents. The Law Department’s clients are the City’s more than forty Departments, as well as its agencies and officials. The Department employs approximately 270 lawyers that handle litigation, transactional, and legislative projects, and enforce the Municipal Code.


Proposed Mayoral Ordinances


Department  of Administrative Hearings  --  The Department of Administrative Hearings is an independent quasi-judicial body. The matters which come before us to be adjudicated relate to the public health, safety, welfare, morals and economic well being of the residents of the City of Chicago.



    City Police Related Agencies


    Chicago Police Board

    The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian body that oversees certain activities of the Chicago Police Department. The Board's powers and responsibilities include deciding disciplinary matters involving police officers and nominating candidates for Superintendent of Police to the Mayor.

    Independent Police Review Authority


    In 2007 the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) was created and approved by the City Council.  Headed by a civilian Chief Administrator and staffed entirely with civilian investigators, IPRA is an independent agency of the City of Chicago, separate from the Chicago Police Department.  IPRA replaced the former Office of Professional Standards. IPRA intakes all allegations of misconduct made against Chicago Police Department (CPD) members whether from a member of the public or from another CPD member. 



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