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Chicago’s building safety enforcement lags behind many peer cities. Boulder offers a model that Chicago could follow.
SMART Boxes shock rats with electricity, collect their carcasses, then share data wirelessly with local officials.
New York has a Rat Czar. Other cities are trying new trapping methods. But the “rattiest city in America” can’t keep up with skyrocketing rodent complaints, data shows.
A group of real estate companies managed by a north suburban woman has racked up hundreds of rat-related tickets on properties — many on Chicago’s South and West sides.
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Greising: Maintaining Chicago Police Accountability in New Contract Will Require a Tricky Legal Maneuver
Chicago police are demanding that cops facing suspensions and outright dismissals, should be able to seek arbitration rather than a public hearing.
For his first budget, Mayor Brandon Johnson seeks to preserve the progressive vision longer term while dealing with political and fiscal constraints.
With pension costs eating up 25% of the state budget, continued inaction is not an option. Here are steps Illinois can take.
This is the fourth in a five-part series, copublished with the Chicago Tribune, that examines possible solutions to the state’s pension crisis.