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Bears Arlington Park stadium project beginning to win over more fans?

Will Johnson: Why Lightfoot - or almost anyone else - could win the mayoral election

Harris Poll: Chicagoans favor unions more than they support paying for public pensions

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Chicagoans expect to exercise their right to vote for mayor next month—just not sure for whom

Poll Positions

Harris Poll: High cost of housing is making Chicago inhospitable

Poll: Most Cook County residents think downtown Chicago is more dangerous than a year ago

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Public safety continues to be top of mind for Chicago's residents and businesses

Will Johnson: Chicago's No. 1 challenge is the reality of crime, not just its perception, a new poll shows

Chicago's homicide stats tell only part of the public safety story

Chicago takes a hyperlocal approach to closing racial health gaps

Will Johnson: Love Chicago? You are likely to give a thumbs-up to the plan for the city's casino

Real reasons to save midtier private colleges

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Few Chicagoans oppose casino development in River West

Consumers want the consumer protections but not so keen about paying more for clean energy

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Trustworthiness, honesty, competence at top of mind for Chicago voters

Will Johnson: What do Chicago voters want in a mayor? Competence, integrity and accomplishment

Great Lakes residents divided on who should lead on environmental issues, Harris Poll finds

Housing instability weighs on Chicagoans' minds, Harris Poll finds

Will Johnson: Could this be Chicago's comeback summer?

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Are Americans returning to summer tourism?

Tax increases push Chicagoans to their limit

Chicago-area workers still facing COVID's mental health effects

Investments in urban development could prevent Chicago from plateauing

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Reframing Public Safety Reform to Find Common Ground

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Reimagining Public Safety in Chicago: 6 Months Later

The Harris Poll and the MacArthur Foundation team up to understand how Chicago residents' perspectives on public safety have changed as 2021 draws to a close.

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The economics of entertainment: More investment in nightlife could help Chicago attract residents and businesses

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Now is the time to address economic inequity

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Addressing Chicago’s Economic Inequity

Chicagoan perceptions provide a window into wealth distribution and economic inequity in the area.

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The Harris Poll: Reimagining Public Safety in Chicago

Op-Ed: Do Chicagoans want to 'defund the police'? It's a tale of two cities.

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Reimagining Chicago’s Public Safety

Chicago residents want to see changes to the laws, systems, and organizations that can reduce gun violence and amend police-resident relations.

Crain's Daily Gist podcast: What business leaders think of Chicago's economic future

Biz sentiment turns positive here as vaccines spread

Commentary: Who's ready for a trade show? Poll shows there's hope for McCormick Place and other halls.

What are local execs thinking? Crain's exclusive Harris Poll finds out.

Here's the evidence - in case you needed it - that downtown's been seriously damaged

Ominous signs for downtown landlords - and upsides for Pritzker's tax plan

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Chicago Business Executive Pulse: Wave 1 Topical Insights

Crain's Launches Exclusive Partnership with Harris Poll

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