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A Plan to Spruce Up Vacant Lots to Reduce Gun Violence

A program in Chicago that beautifies abandoned properties is aimed at providing work and reducing crime. But some local residents say more needs to be done to involve people in the neighborhood.

Why Are America’s Three Biggest Metros Shrinking?

After a post-recession boomlet, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas are all seeing their population decline.

911 Dispatchers Frequently Release Personal Information of Callers, Report Says

A report out of Chicago finds that the city’s 911 dispatch center is understaffed and doesn’t have clear policies around what information should get relayed on police scanners—creating the perfect environment for mistakes.

Should City Council Be a Full-Time Job?

A proposal in Chicago would ban side gigs if they cause ethical conflicts. It’s the latest addition to a national debate about what the salaries and time commitments of city council members should be.

The Disparities In Investment Found Across One City’s Neighborhoods

A new study highlights sharp differences in capital flowing to poor and wealthy and minority and white areas in Chicago.

For One City’s Public Housing Work Requirements, Study Reveals High Compliance, Low Wages

Work requirements for public assistance have recently attracted attention from the Trump administration and others.

Chicago Mayor-Elect Steps Back in Battle Over Massive Real Estate Deals

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio lawmakers pick sides on how best to run sports gambling … Connecticut launches interactive campaign to cut red tape … Georgia to provide $1.5 million in free menstrual products.

Chicago Mayoral Election Could Bring a ‘Nightmare Scenario’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oakland teachers strike continues … boosting teacher pay in Texas … and Florida mayor ‘socialized with people of dubious repute.’

At Chicago City Hall, the Legislative Branch Rarely Does Much Legislating

The mayor dominates the City Council while aldermen reign over the “fiefdoms” of their wards.

Candidate Pitches Plan for Chicago to Annex Its Suburbs

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas now has a measles outbreak … San José mayor interested in Musk tunnel … and a N.C. city suspends drug testing.

I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor.

COMMENTARY | Policy makers need to question their assumptions about what makes a good school.

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The Promise and Peril of Borrowing Money to Manage Pension Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week proposed issuing bonds to improve the city’s pension funding levels. Is that a good idea?

Crime and Murder Rates Drop in Most Big Cities

While the trend isn’t universal, Brennan Center for Justice research findings “definitively reject any claims” of the nation being in a “crime wave.”

Chicago’s Pension Fix Might Involve Marijuana

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Parents Are Biased Against Even Quality ‘Urban’ Schools

Many of these schools are improving, but the persistent stigma against them contributes to segregation.

The Charter-School Teachers’ Strike in Chicago Was ‘Inevitable’

The move could signal a shift in the long, contentious relationship between teachers’ unions and these privately run schools.

The Geography of Street Resurfacing in Chicago

As Rahm Emanuel prepares to leave City Hall next year, this map helps cement his transportation legacy in the nation’s third-largest city.

Navigating Chicago’s ‘Labyrinth’ of Lower Roads Just Got Easier

A public-private partnership between the city, Waze and SpotHero installed more than 500 Waze Beacons to help drivers pinpoint their locations.

Summer Jobs Programs Aren't Enough

Ensuring teens are employed for six-week stints can keep them out of trouble, but that doesn’t always mean long-term employment success.