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Business Leaders Need Not Apply

William E. White | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
William E. White

The broad realization that business leaders do not hold all the answers had better come soon, because reliance on business leaders in government and public institutions is not arresting the alarming deterioration of our public infrastructure and institutions.

72 Illinois Municipal Managers Made More Than Any U.S. Governor in 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.31.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A new report featured in Forbes Magazine found 72 city managers of relatively small municipalities in Illinois are paid more than the governors of eve...

HBO's John Oliver is Rauner's Unlikely Ally in Latest Episode

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.08.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

At first glance, the issue of Illinois special taxing districts doesn't seem like fodder for edgy comedy. But John Oliver, host of the acclaimed HBO ...

Ted Cruz's Assault on D.C.'s Local Laws Reveals His Hypocrisy

Danielle Higgins | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

If there is one thing that we can all agree on about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), it is that he is a staunch advocate of state rights and local control. But his belief in local control over local affairs clearly does not extend to those who actually live in Washington, D.C.

Rauner Task Force Outlines 27 Recommendations for Reducing Local Taxing Bodies

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.05.2017 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With nearly 7,000 units of government, Illinois has about 2,000 more than any other state in the nation, resulting in a behemoth bureaucratic industry...

Sanitation Challenge for Ghana's Cities

Patrick Moriarty | Posted 11.20.2016 | Impact
Patrick Moriarty

Average living standards improved while the government managed to halve the rates of poverty, hunger and lack of clean drinking water. Despite this success, one major failure sticks out: sanitation.

From What to How: Encouraging Dialogue on Municipal Climate Action

Marcus Andreas | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Marcus Andreas

One aspect of the Climate Dialogue deals with exchanges and the learning process between municipalities. Information on numerous and diverse examples of good practice is provided by a range of brochures, data bases and competitions.

Marina Fang

Meet The Progressive Likely To Become Philadelphia's Next Mayor | Marina Fang | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

A progressive candidate for Philadelphia mayor on Tuesday won a resounding primary election victory. Jim Kenney, a veteran city councilman, beat five ...

Mariah Stewart

Newly Elected Mayor Locked Out Of City Hall In Struggling St. Louis County Town | Mariah Stewart | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

KINLOCH, Mo. -- Just minutes away from Ferguson, its now-famous neighbor, is Kinloch, the first well-established African-American community in St. Lou...

Bloomberg Is Giving $42 Million To U.S. Cities To Solve Problems In Smartest Ways Possible

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact

Michael Bloomberg wants America to have smarter, problem-solving cities, and he's banking on data to make it happen. Bloomberg Philanthropies anno...

Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community and Conscience

Noam Bramson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Noam Bramson

Now here's where I make an admission that will get me in trouble: I disagreed with the City's decision to file an objection to the proposed group home, and I recommended against submitting it.

33 U.S. Cities Have Restricted Feeding The Homeless In Past Year Alone: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact

When the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) began publishing which American cities have restricted publicly feeding homeless people, it believe...

The Time is Ripe for a Nonprofit Revolution

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Local government leaders can help to foster successful solutions in their communities by providing an environment that welcomes and encourages the contributions of nonprofit partners.

Empowered Local Government is the Best Foundation for Democracy

Roger Myerson | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Roger Myerson

Trusted democratic leadership can develop best in responsible institutions of local government, where successful local leaders can prove their qualifications to become strong competitive candidates for higher office.

The Democrats Need a Tea Party

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The Tea Party pushes the Republicans to the right. The Democrats need a party to push them to the left.

Can Democrats Quick-Pitch Obamacare?

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Go to a local government debate and you get the issue of wasteful spending. Cue the Republicans and the rant starts about union contracts and the whi...

Donations by Government Contractors and Lobbyists in Local Politics

Ben Berkowitz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Ben Berkowitz

We have a strict policy at SeeClickFix that myself and my full-time co-founders can not donate to local politicians. SeeClickFix is a city contractor,...

Practical Tips for Cities Looking to Innovate with Open311

Lily Liu | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Lily Liu

Here are five ways that local governments looking to take advantage of Open311 can strike a balance between innovation and pragmatism.

The Greatest American (Climate) Heroes

Lou Leonard | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Lou Leonard

While you're waiting for the chance to hold our timid Washington leaders accountable, vote for a real climate hero and catch a glimpse of an amazing future just waiting for us to choose it.

Big Data Gets Personal in U.S. Cities

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Hecht

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoBig and open data is not just about tracking consumer habits and improving organizational effectiveness. Though certainly these things are important, we cannot miss the opportunity to harness this movement to move the needle on social problems that have long seemed intractable.

Take the Citizenville Challenge With California Lieutenant Governor Newsom and Code for America

Abhi Nemani | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Abhi Nemani

Local governments across the country are starting to embrace innovation as a core tenet of the way they work. That's why California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Code for America are launching the Citizenville Challenge.

Stop 'Lasagna-Like' Govenment

Chad Goerner | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Chad Goerner

As we move toward the end of 2012, municipalities across New York and New Jersey are dealing with the aftermath of a devastating hurricane and signifi...

Climate Jobs? No Problem

William S. Becker | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Contrary to popular wisdom, our carbon glide path is not due mainly to less economic activity during the recession, or the slow recovery, or the rapidly increasing use of natural gas.

Minneapolis Acts on Employment Equity

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Treuhaft

Minneapolis recently became the first city in the nation to adopt a resolution promoting racial equity in employment.

Local Governments and National Security Policy

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

This squeeze upon localities has led to a gathering revolt. Dozens of local jurisdictions have passed resolutions that call for ending the U.S. military role in Iraq and Afghanistan, reducing the Pentagon budget, and funding domestic programs.