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Illinois Continues to Lead in Immigrant Inclusion Policies

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Global Insight by Rob Paral

Rob Paral discusses the state of Illinois and Greater Chicago area leading by example on immigrant inclusion and legal policies.

sign reading we offer medical exams for immigration in front of brick wall
Reuters
Immigration and Migration

Transforming Industrial Heartland Communities

In the News
Our Towns Civic Foundation
John Austin

Nonresident Senior Fellow John Austin writes about what the US Industrial Heartland can teach us about American renewal and bridging political divides.

Man fishing the Ohio River in front of the Pittsburgh skyline.
Reuters
Global Cities

Monitoring Water Quality in the Chicago River

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Chicago Tribune
Alaina Harkness

Nonresident Fellow Alaina Harkness on how rivers are the "connective tissue" of cities, and how H2NOW monitors the health of Chicago's.

Boat headed east on the Chicago river with skyscrapers behind.
Reuters
Global Cities

The Geopolitical Implications of Fractured Fiscal Authority and Fragmented Urban Infrastructure Systems in African Cities

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Global Insight by Liza Rose Cirolia

Liza Rose Cirolia shares geopolitical implications on African urban areas and city governments.

Pretoria, South Africa
Reuters
Global Cities

Barriers to the Circular Economy

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Journal of Industrial Ecology
Kris Hartley

Kris Hartley coauthors a study on barriers to circular economies demonstrated by the sustainability of Dutch technical and interior textiles industries.

Close up of a sewing machine in front of thread
Ivan Radic
Climate and the Environment

Physical Infrastructure Is a Start; Human Infrastructure Must Follow

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Alexander Hitch

"To prevent an uneven recovery and further economic inequality, policies that narrow the gap between communities succeeding and those struggling must move to center stage," writes Alex Hitch.

President Biden in front of a blue screen
Chicago Tribune
Global Economy, Trade and Business

The System That Sent Billionaires to Space Could Fall Apart Without Their Help

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Barron's
John Austin

As billionaires race to space, "our democracies could use their help on the ground," John Austin argues in Barron's.

Bezos goes to space
REUTERS
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Regional Inequality Looms as Pressing Threat to Democracy

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National Interest
Coauthors

A group of experts, including the Council's John Austin, Brian Hanson, and Alex Hitch explain why now is the time to rise to a new political, economic, and social challenge rooted in growing regional inequalities.

President Biden speaks with Midwest Leaders
The White House
Global Cities

Exposed: US Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Grew During the Pandemic Era

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The National Interest
John Austin

President Biden has options to address this national security concern, the Council's John Austin argues.

Biden at a supply chain meeting
REUTERS
Global Economy, Trade and Business

The Real-Life Risks of Our Digital World

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Foreign Policy
Robert Muggah

Our reliance on data and devices has made us extremely vulnerable. The first step is knowing where everything is.

Science, Technology and Innovation