Illinois Interim CIO Discusses Continuing State’s Ambitious IT Agenda

Kirk Lonbom takes the helm at critical time for Illinois’ revitalized Department of Innovation and Technology.

In ‘Sanctuary City’ Remarks, Sessions Contrasts Miami-Dade County With Chicago

As the Trump administration looks to tie immigration enforcement compliance to federal grant funding, the U.S. attorney general continues to grumble about the nation’s third-largest city.

To Help Fund Infrastructure, Chicago Mayor Backs Taxes on Unrepatriated Foreign Earnings

Rahm Emanuel made his case at the U.S. Conference of Mayors summer leadership meeting, while encouraging colleagues to get creative with investment.

Mayor Emanuel: ‘Chicago Will Not Be Blackmailed’ by Trump Administration

The Windy City plans to sue the federal government and “will continue to stand up to President Trump and his Justice Department.”

Building a Skills Agenda for the New Economy

We can't rely on the free market to fix our workforce—here's what works.

Racist ‘Chicago Safari’ Emails Spawn Illinois Government Investigation

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Boulder’s bear problem; a Charlotte sit-in; San Diego’s losing Styrofoam venture

How a Chicago Program Cut Violent Arrests in Half

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy thinks emotional well-being can help reduce gun deaths.

Addressing the Retirement Insecurity Crisis

As Congress steps back on supporting small business employee retirement accounts, the state treasurers from Illinois and Oregon point out the need to continue forward.

Dogged Fiscal Showdown in Illinois Gives Local School Leaders Major Heartburn

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Latino homelessness surges in L.A. County; clogged drain pipes flood N.C. town for 2nd time in 3 weeks; and Alaska’s struggle to fund homes for senior citizens.

The Already Staggering Unpaid Bill Pile in Illinois Continues to Grow

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kentucky AG looks at governor’s possible “personal enrichment”; ACLU sues Delaware town over code enforcement; and San José’s alternate energy action.

Setting a High Renewable Energy Goal, Can Chicago Catch Up With Las Vegas?

In the nation’s third-largest city, municipal buildings accounted for 1.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2016.

States Are Moving to Protect Internet Privacy Now That the Feds Don't Care

“We should be outraged at the invasion that’s being allowed on our most intimate means of communication,” according to a Republican state senator from Minnesota.

‘Surge Parking’ Pilot Prompts ‘Revenue Piggy Bank’ Worries in Chicago

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: California’s big infrastructure funding proposal; Bridgegate sentencing; and Nevada’s state worker unionization bill.

Illinois Comptroller Halts Payments for Governor’s Top Initiative

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Tennessee sues feds over refugee resettlement; Texas lawmakers target local taxes; and Jacksonville’s battle with Formosan termites.

Illinois Governor, Attorney General Deadlocked in Battle of Pointing Fingers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Army of volunteers saves Colorado town from fire; Maine considers state pension income tax exemption; and Baltimore tentatively increases minimum wage.

Chicago Clears Red-Light Camera Vendor Involved in Bribery

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Arizona proposal on protesters decried by free speech advocates; whooping cough outbreak in Kentucky; activists shut down Portland City Council meeting.

Red-Light Camera Company Finalizes Legal Settlement With Chicago

According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his city “will not stand by while a company takes advantage of our taxpayers, and I hope that this serves as a warning to other companies.”

Case Study: Making Sense of ‘Smart State’ Efforts Underway in Illinois

Budgetary crisis aside, the Department of Innovation & Technology is finding ways to to innovate and transform its operations.

Unpaid State Employee Health Care Bills Mount in Illinois; L.A. Police Worry About Trump Order

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. may outlaw exotic animals; water agency in Ky. coal country under investigation; and Texas petrochemical plant plan irks farmers.