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Freedom of information Act requests should be sent to Owen Brugh, the Committee’s FOIA officer, at owen.brugh@cityofchicago.org, or by mail to the Committee’s offices, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 302, Chicago, IL 60602.


Workers' Compensation

The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Department of Finance is now responsible for the administration of the City’s  Workers’ Compensation program. Workers’ Compensation was officially transferred out of the Committee on Finance in 2019. All claims and concerns now go through the Department of Finance, which can be reached at 312.744.2204, or by mail at 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 702, Chicago, IL 60602.


Small Claims

Claims against the City for vehicle or property damage are submitted through the City Clerk and reviewed by the Committee on Finance in consultation with the appropriate department.

Following the legal concept of comparative fault, Small Claims generally authorizes payments of 50 percent of the value of the damaged parts (not replacement cost) on damage claims related to potholes and when payment is appropriate. Additionally, depreciation is taken for any parts more than five years old. There are some exceptions, such as for payment of an insurance deductible or the cost of a tow due to pothole damage.

For claims related to road resurfacing, sewer cave-ins and Department of Water Management excavations, or a moving collision with a City vehicle, if payment is appropriate, claims are paid at 75 percent of the costs associated.

All payments will be reduced if the claimant owes a debt to the City.

Claims of City-caused damage to private property or parked vehicles are paid at 100 percent if approved by the responsible department.

Charitable Solicitation/Tag Day Permits

  • The Committee is responsible for approving permits allowing charities to solicit contributions on streets and sidewalks. For permit rules and application forms, contact Owen Brugh at owen.brugh@cityofchicago.org.

For more information, please contact Sharon Davis at the Committee on Finance at 312.744.2480 or email CommitteeonFinance@cityofchicago.org