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City May Soon Charge Fee To Sit In Park

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.05.2012 | Business

Imagine having to pay to sit on the grass. That could be happening soon in North Las Vegas, where the city council is considering charging residen...

Michigan Town Tearing Out Its Streetlights In Cost-Cutting Measure

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business

The economic slowdown has put countless people out of work and eliminated millions of dollars in homeowner wealth. States and cities haven't been immu...

Progress in the Fight to Save NYC's Homeless Animals

Ed Sayres | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Ed Sayres

One of the major obstacles to our efforts to save the city's homeless animals is that the city cuts the budget of the city's shelter system virtually every year.

States Raise Fines And Fees To Avoid Tax Increases

Associated Press | David Klepper and Brian Witte | Posted 09.23.2011 | Business

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) -- Twenty dollars for a parking place wasn't going to ruin Ellen Majka's day at the beach. But she was still taken aback when ...

U.S. Mayors: Groping for Hope in the Grip of Reality

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

It was Napoleon who said, "A leader is a dealer in hope." Well, we know how things turned out for Napoleon.

Chicago Police Department Eliminating Key Position

Chicago Sun-Times | Frank Main and Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Police Department will undergo a historic makeover with the elimination of a key position --first deputy superintendent, the person who tr...

The Public Cost Of A Chicago Olympics

Chicago Reader | Ben Joravsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The big news from Tuesday's mayoral budget hearing is that the Olympics are back to being free. That's right: building, staging, and removing the ven...

City To Fire 1,000 -- At Least

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago has a $425 million budget gap that will require a "paradigm shift" in services the city provides, the way they are delivered and the number of...