C is for Chicago Clout in new online encyclopedia

The Web site www.Cloutwiki.org launched Monday. For now, it is a virtual who's-who of Chicago aldermen and Democratic ward committeemen. Eventually, the site will also have electonic information about the Cook County Board and Chicago-area legislators.

Writers spent thousands of hours researching the politicians to compile facts about their backgrounds, what offices they have held and their political alliances - a.k.a. clout.

Cloutwiki.com runs on a special software that allows an endless number of links to other Cloutwiki articles as well as other Web sites.

The site is the brainchild of attorney Jay Paul Deratany and Democratic political consultant Mike Fourcher. Mr. Deratany most recently ran a losing campaign for commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review on an anti-corruption, reform platform.

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