Here’s who is involved with the claim process:
The person who is seeking compensation. If you are the person who’s car struck a pothole, or who received an excessive charge on your water bill, etc., this is you. The claimant is the person who is petitioning the City of Chicago for payment.
The City Clerk of the City of Chicago, Susana A. Mendoza. The City Clerk’s role in this process is to:
- facilitate the collection, assignment and transfer of all forms and other paperwork between the claimant and all other parties (see below) and
- as part of her official duties, to record and make available all formal recommendations and votes on the proposed claim.
Committee on Finance
One of 17 City Council committees; this is the committee that reviews all claims and makes a recommendation as to whether to pass or not pass the claim.
Comprised of all 50 alderman and the Mayor of the City of Chicago, the City Council has the sole authority and discretion to award or not award compensation for these types of cases.
Department of Finance, City of Chicago
Responsible for facilitating the payment of all claims that were passed by the City Council.