Some say what the council needs is a parliamentarian, a robust budget office and some legal counsel. Others say the city needs a new constitution for true reform.
Some Chicagoans get to vote on how tax money is spent in their wards. Could Chicago do this citywide?
So-called participatory budgeting, in which residents vote on spending projects in their wards, started in the U.S. in Chicago, but its growth has stalled.
It started in the U.S. in Chicago as a way to connect residents to government and how tax dollars are spent.
In Illinois, 8% of the population doesn’t speak English very well, and that’s a barrier for immigrants participating in civic life.
We sent reporters into one community to understand what’s at stake — and found a fabric of everyday Chicagoans helping migrants build new lives.
Immigration is baked into our very foundation here in America – and it’s not just the U.S. born citizens who have kept this country going.
The Supreme Court is in the news a lot – for decisions made inside the court and out. How did it get so much power and who’s pushing back?
A new initiative, The Democracy Solutions Project, digs into big themes and questions surrounding democracy in the United States.