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Percentage of Women in State Policing Has Stalled Since 2000

Female officers are less likely to use force and are named in fewer complaints.

‘An Insurrection’: When Police Reject a City’s Vaccine Mandate

Chicago employees were required to report their vaccination status by Friday or risk losing pay. The local FOP is encouraging officers not to do so.

The Cities With the Heftiest Parking Fines

A new report looks at how violations like blocking traffic, loading zones or pedestrian ramps can put a dent in drivers' wallets.

The Potential Flaw in How Many Big City Police Officers are Assigned to Neighborhoods

A new study finds that getting more experienced officers into higher crime districts could have a number of upsides, including reduced violent crime rates.

Full FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine Prompts Swift Mandates for State, Local Government Workers

Following approval for the vaccine, some leaders across the country immediately tell public employees and college students to get vaccinated now.

Why America's Great Crime Decline Is Over

COMMENTARY | Even before the recent mass shootings, violent crime was surging to its highest rate in 30 years. Patrick Sharkey illuminates what's happening.

Chicago Ballparks Will Reopen to Limited Number of Fans

The city will allow about 8,000 people to attend upcoming Cubs and White Sox baseball games.

An Urban Hospital on the Brink vs. the Officials Sworn to Save It

Officials fear that the facility's closure will limit hospital access for about 60,000 Chicago-area residents. Inner-city hospitals often struggle with lean Medicaid payment rates.

How Downtowns Can Rebound After the Pandemic

They have to offer more than office space.

These Cities Tried to Tackle Disinvestment. Here Are Lessons From What Happened.

Local governments have made efforts to revive commerce in neglected Black neighborhoods around the country. It hasn’t always worked. But cities can learn from their experiences.

How to Fairly Use Algorithms to Make Tough Decisions

COMMENTARY | With computer power increasingly used to guide policies adopted by states and local leaders, governments need to take steps to ensure the underlying algorithms aren’t biased.

Chicago Mayor Asks People to Stay Home, but Doesn’t Issue Order

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Republican Arizona AG says no evidence of election fraud in state … Florida news reports raise questions about intentional spoiler candidates … Louisville newspaper accuses city of lying about police public records.

Cities Declared Racism a Public Health Crisis. What Now?

This summer, many local governments approved resolutions declaring racism to be a public health crisis. Why now? And what comes next?

Texas AG Says He Won’t Resign After Staff Accuse Him of Bribery and Other Wrongdoing

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Thousands of kids in Miami-Dade return to classrooms … Maine’s marijuana industry expected to get off to a sputtering start … de Blasio, Cuomo at odds over shutdown orders in some New York City neighborhoods.

Poll: Over Half of Households in America's Biggest Cities Dealing With Financial Difficulties

Budget problems, which have coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, are especially acute for Black and Latino residents.

Chicago Police Will Monitor Social Media in Response to Looting

"Social media platforms have repeatedly been used to organize large groups of people to engage in illegal activity," said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Chicago Leaders Condemn Looting As ‘Brazen and Extensive Criminal Destruction’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A judge sides with California in lawsuit about new gig worker law … New York lawmakers to probe storm power outages … Texas AG says state legislature likely needs to decide about moving a statue of a former Texas A&M University president and Confederate general.

Four Perspectives on the Christopher Columbus Statues

When Chicago removed two statues last week, it did so in the middle of the night without public announcement. What does that mean for communities invested in the decision making process?

As Moratoriums End and Bills Come Due, Cities Offer Utility Relief

Many residents are struggling to pay utility bills during the pandemic, dealing with escalating balances. But local relief programs aren't designed to help everybody.

California Child Care Providers Struggling, With Some on the Financial Brink

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Missouri AG intervenes in local gun case … New York Assembly passes bill to protect undocumented immigrants … Shooting in Chicago leaves 15 wounded.