Tag: Chicago

Powering Summer Learning Across the Country

This is a guest post by Laura Johnson, vice president of communications for the National Summer Learning Association, and Jason King, senior vice president of corporate communications for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. When it comes to summer in America, there are baseball games and barbecues, roller coaster rides and fireflies — and oh yes, the “summer

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‘Space to Grow’ Celebrates National Infrastructure Week

This is a guest post by Allison Fore, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Last week, leaders from across America convened in Washington for Infrastructure Week 2018, which focuses on the impact of infrastructure on the economy and society and how to make improvements for the 21st century. Cities across

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City Council Presidents from across America Convene in Chicago

This is a guest blog from President Pro Tempore Margaret Laurino of the Chicago City Council.  To my right, Council President Bernard “Jack” Young of Baltimore wants to focus on questions of equity. To my left, Vice Mayor David Luna of Mesa, Arizona says the upcoming 2020 Census is one of the top issues on

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Appeals Court Affirms Chicago’s Win in Sanctuary Jurisdictions Case

In July 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) for law enforcement funding. In response, Chicago sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions, arguing he lacks the statutory authority to impose these conditions. In September 2017, an Illinois

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Chicago Granted Injunction in Fight Against “Sanctuary City” Restrictions

In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) for law enforcement funding. In response, the city of Chicago sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions, arguing that these new requirements and another requirement are unlawful and/or unconstitutional. Now, an

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Show and Tell: Cities Share Best Practices at the Big Ideas for Small Business Summit

City government should be a partner, not an obstacle, when it comes to small business development and retention in our communities. This is the major theme that emerged from the first-ever Big Ideas for Small Business Summit held in Chicago recently and co-hosted by NLC and the City of Chicago’s Innovation Delivery Team. The Big

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Mayor Richard M. Daley to State Municipal League Staff Workshop: Cities Lead

At NLC’s State Municipal League staff workshop in Chicago last week, former mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley spoke to attendees about the importance of public service and the need for cities to come together to affect change. Invoking the theme of NLC’s upcoming Congress of Cities, “Cities Lead,” Mayor Daley stressed that cities are

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Bright Spots in Community Engagement: Chicago Residents Get a Big Say in How Public Money is Spent

This post was written by Matt Leighninger, Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium. This is the third post in a  blog series highlighting communities that were profiled in the new Knight Foundation and NLC joint report, Bright Spots in Community Engagement.  The report showcases 14 U.S. communities that are building greater civic participation and engagement from the

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The Soft Stuff is the Hard Stuff

“I’d rather be wanted for murder than not wanted at all,” a juvenile murderer said to me when I served as Commissioner of Youth Services in Massachusetts.  This frightening statement throws into sharp relief the fundamental need shared by all of us, namely that we must be seen as important in someone’s eyes, claimed, “beloved.”

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