Time To Reform Chicago Governance With A City Charter

Law360 (January 25, 2019, 1:14 PM EST) -- Chicago’s central city is gleaming. Cultural and culinary offerings are world class. But successes can’t make up for growing problems, which have come to define Chicago’s national and international reputation.

Some consider the city a corruption capital. Homicides are many times higher than other major cities. Debt of the city and school district hover near junk credit ratings. The pension debt is higher than that of 44 states. Population is declining, putting pressure on the tax base. Teachers strike, and parents protest school closings.

Many of these chronic problems can be traced to poor decisions made by city leaders over the years....

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