Considering a ‘Progressive’ Income Tax in a Fiscally-Stressed State

What if Illinois scraps its flat tax structure and made higher earners pay more? A new study offers possible insights.

Purdue Pharma Settles With Oklahoma in Major Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | The states that would benefit most from Dreamer protections … What to wear to survey flood damage ... Importing drugs from Canada for prisoners.

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.’

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.

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?

County Official’s Claim Her Firing Was Political Retaliation Fails in Federal Court

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says the financial resources director position falls under a special exception.

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.

U.S. Circuit Court’s Big Ruling in Smart Meter 'Warrantless Search' Case

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | $200 million in seized personal property in Arizona … Pittsburgh’s steepest street declaration … and explore Charlotte’s expanded airport concourse.

Where Black Homeownership Is the Norm

“We wanted our kids to grow up in a place where there are African-American role models other than their parents,” said one resident of community with a high black homeownership rate.

How Chicago’s Poorest Residents Are Driven Into Debt

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio pension calculation lawsuit … a “stark warning” on public records in Texas … and PG&E’s $1 billion loss.

Five States To Get A Smart Tech Boot Camp

The states will be the first in the multi-year "Smarter States, Smarter Communities" learning lab, which grows out of National Governor Association Chair Brian Sandoval's 'Ahead of the Curve' Initiative.

Mueller Indictment Lays Out Russia’s Hacking of State, Local Election Infrastructure

The charges bring into question previous statements from vendors and state officials.

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.