What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

President Trump is vowing to “send in the Feds,” but researchers aren’t convinced they understand the rise, or how to stop it.

Chicago Secures $1 Billion in Federal Grant Funding for Rail Upgrades

The money will go toward work planned on the city’s Red and Purple Lines.

Chicago Mayor Releases Emails From Personal Account; Is Utah’s New Prison Too Big?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Atlanta-area county’s new drought rule; Oahu rail project costs; and a jurisdictional land shift in Alaska.

The Next Great American Streetlight Conversion

Chicago wants 270,000 fixtures around the city to be LEDs within four years.

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media

Documents from Chicago's Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal the undercover techniques law enforcement uses to monitor—and manipulate—social media users.

Why Cities Must Bridge the Communitarian-Cosmopolitan Divide

That was the message Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and British MP Tristram Hunt had during a Brookings Institution discussion on Friday.

Chicago’s Hands-On Approach to Innovation Accelerators

More so than maybe any other city government, the nation’s third-largest city is heavily invested in testing startups’ urban technology.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Discusses Immigration in Meeting With Trump

Emanuel delivered a letter signed by 15 other mayors, who are calling for the continuation of a program that shields young people from deportation.

O’Hare Airport Strike Looms in Chicago; Will McCrory Concede N.C. Gov. Race?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Tennessee wildfire costs mount; energy-use data sharing in Pittsburgh; and federal court’s bottle water delivery order appealed in Michigan.

Chicago’s Race Against Time; West Virginia Optimism vs. Realities of Market Forces

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Pa. municipalities want cut of Uber gross receipts; Flint water delivery order; and missing police firearms in Tucson.

Airbnb Hosts vs. Chicago Regulations; County Pays Cyberattack Ransom

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Good grades for Kansas City schools; Milwaukee County’s wheel tax; and ‘gag order’ in Pittsburgh?

A Lesson in Urban Design: Educate Your Residents Before the Ribbon Cutting

The first “shared street” in Chicago is befuddling some of its users.

10,000 Files on Chicago Police Torture Are Now Online

Amid continued accusations of police misconduct, the force must contend with a digital rehashing of a sordid chapter in its history.

Chicago Teachers Strike Averted; Kentucky Confronts Lexington’s Panhandling Ban

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Oso landslide legal settlements in Washington state; Oklahoma failed to obligate disaster recovery funds; and an Oregon county challenges state over dam.

Chicago Teacher Strike Looms; Harrisburg Police Drone Accused of Spying

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Uber and Lyft back in legal limbo in Philly; Ohio considers voting to abolish state agencies; Wyoming replaces state license plates

Can 1,000 More Officers Solve Chicago's Homicide Problem?

This is the city’s largest police-hiring surge since the 1980s.

A Cold Turn In Chicago’s Effort to Combat Rats

The city looks to add dry ice to its rodent control arsenal.

Navigator Award Finalist: Derek Eder and Christopher Whitaker, Chi Hack Night

It’s not easy to host a weekly event to encourage civic engagement.

We Need More Young Voices in Government Decisions

When those who will inherit public issues and take the reins of power are disengaged, we have a problem. Chicago is trying to change that.

Chicago Mayor Eats Words Pitching Police Increase; Congress Mulls 17 State Water Infrastructure Projects

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Aerial spraying of mosquitos in South Beach; $9 billion school bond measure makes California's ballot; and wildfire threatens Utah sage grouse

The Deadliest Month for Chicago in 20 Years

In August, 90 people were killed and 472 shot. The city this year now has more homicides than New York and Los Angeles combined.

The Autopsy Report in a Chicago Police Shooting

The city's medical examiner’s office has confirmed that an officer shot Paul O’Neal, an unarmed black man, in the back as he fled.

Chicago Wants Its Rivers to Be Swimmable

The city’s new vision for clean and safe waterways is either wishful thinking or incredibly ambitious.

A Weak Spot With Police Body Cameras

A Chicago officer who shot an unarmed black man last week wore a camera that switched off during the shooting.

Minority Neighborhoods Benefit From Shared Mobility Systems

Chicago is expanding its bikeshare program into disadvantaged communities, increasing cost-effective access to jobs and educational opportunities.

The Limits of Chicago's Back-to-the-City Movement

Although the city has gained some young, educated white residents, it continues to lose minorities and families with children to the suburbs.

Chicago’s New Civic Tech Collaboration: Better E. Coli Risk Predictions

Volunteers are helping the Chicago Park District figure out whether there are better analytics models for water contamination hazards at Lake Michigan beaches.

Chicago Just Released a Massive Amount of Bike-Sharing Data

A new dataset about the Divvy bike-sharing program is now the largest available through the city’s open data portal, with over 52 million rows of information.

Chicago Releases Hundreds of Videos of Police Violence

The city’s police union does not seem happy.

Chicago’s Bloody Weekend; Seattle Monitors Portland’s Homeless Camps

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: NYC bars must serve pregnant women; Flint’s mayor may have wanted relief funds for campaign; New Mexico teachers can criticize standardized tests again.

Here’s How Chicago Is Ramping Up Its Fight Against Rats

Following a sharp rise in complaints this year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is increasing the number of rodent control crews. It’s using predictive analytics for targeting efforts, too.

Can Hands-On Civics Heal Chicago?

Students gain more than just an understanding of civics when they dive into the laws of their city.

Chicago State University Close to Shutting Down; Florida’s Heroin Crisis Epicenter

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Colorado’s sexting legislation; Honolulu’s loud electronic restroom warnings; Hartford’s troubled finances.