Dozens of mayors from around the world have signed a "Chicago Climate Charter.” The summit was designed to address concerns following President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord.

Illinois mayors want more independence from state

Feb 23, 2016

Cities in Illinois want their financial ability to be a factor in labor contract negotiations.  Union workers in public safety jobs, like police officers and fire fighters, can collectively bargain, but they can't strike. 

Area Mayors Advocate Local Service During ICC Talk

Oct 6, 2015

A group of suburban Chicago leaders says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed reduction to local governments' share of income tax revenues could equal public safety cuts. 

Mayor Ardis, state mayors, urge immigration reform

Oct 23, 2013

Nearly two-dozen Illinois mayors, including Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, are urging the state’s Congressional delegation to support immigration reform.  The mayors are making a business case, rather than pushing for a particular bill.  They say updating the nation’s immigration policy would be an economic boon by creating jobs and increasing revenues.  Champaign Mayor Don Gerard says that’s critical for his community, which is home to the University of Illinois’ flagship campus.