Public Worker Unions Brace for Fallout From Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that fees the unions have been able to collect in over 20 states are unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Decides Against Public Worker Unions in Fee Case

The 5-4 decision found that charging non-union employees "agency fees" is a First Amendment violation.

Federal Judge Asked to Appoint ‘Special Master’ for Illinois Child Welfare Agency

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Intergovernmental ‘venom’ in S.C. … Colo. to adopt Calif.-style auto emission standards … and coral disease heading to Key West.

Chicago City Hall Pushes State to OK Use of Public Safety Drones

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Philly’s sloppy accounting … high eviction rates in rural Minnesota … New Orleans short-term rental freeze … and Jersey City clears newspaper box “clutter.”

Judge: Chicago Mayor’s Office Violated State Open Records Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ind. school takeover bill OK’d … feds looking at Atlanta airport contracts … 6 states sue Purdue Pharma … and S.F. mayor’s public safety plan.

Chicago Is 1st Major City to Make Bike Shares Lock to Something

The ‘lock to’ requirement will be phased in as part of a six-month pilot in the city’s South Side.

Chicago OKs Punitive Strategy to Curb Double-Parking Drivers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | More subpoenas expected at Atlanta City Hall … Michigan lawmaker perplexed by teacher shortage … Colorado River dispute … and beachfront property owners don’t like the idea of “managed retreat.”

Tens of Thousands of Fish Travel by Truck Between Great Lakes States

“There has to be a cooperative spirit or it just flat-out won’t work,” according to Ed Eisch, fish production program manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Apple’s Next Product Launch Will Take Place at a Public School in Chicago

It’s highly likely that whatever Apple announces will be focused on education.

‘Desperate’ Illinois City Looks to Sell Assets After Big Pension Surprise

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah governor prays for much-needed snow; Wisconsin’s lead-foot problem; convicted Pa. mayor makes appeal to citizens; and homelessness hits new lows in Lexington, Ky.

Chicago Mayor Wants to Close a ‘Giant Loophole’ for Carjacking Offenders

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Delaware governor’s open data executive order; an uptick in STDs in Oregon; and a massive California guinea pig rescue.

Chicago Focuses Its Quality of Life Index on Youth

Chronic, concentrated joblessness has caused young, black men to struggle in the nation's third-largest city, and an index will assist officials in refining services to help them be successful.

Chicago Expected to Pay Another Big Legal Settlement in a Police-Related Lawsuit

In the past two months, the nation’s third-largest city has seen nearly $100 million in judgements from lawsuits involving local law enforcement.

Justice Department, Chicago Continue Their Immigration Compliance Dance

A month after the Trump administration was stopped from withholding public safety funds from the city for its “sanctuary” policies, it’s now targeting a different law enforcement grant.

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.