A note from the publisher on Crain's Forum

Crain's is taking an ambitious 12-month deep dive into the seemingly intractable problems facing our great city and state. The goal is to respectfully and objectively raise the conversation about these issues, and to suggest possible solutions. We are proud to bring you this journalism, and we'd like to hear from you.

Stephen J. Serio

Jim Kirk

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A new mayor. A new governor.

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79彩票注册网址At this moment, unlike others in recent history, we await action—potentially on a significant scale—that would alter the course of local history on many fronts. Yet we are also clear-eyed in knowing that to get there, we need sober, but elevated, discussion that's aimed toward solutions.

And so we present Crain's Forum—an ambitious 12-month print and digital deep dive into the seemingly intractable problems facing our great city and state. The goal is to respectfully and objectively raise the conversation about these issues. And in some cases to suggest possible solutions wherever, and however, they might exist.

79彩票注册网址Most important, we want to make readers aware of the power that information can bring to creating meaningful change in regard to the challenges ahead for our city and state.

At times, those issues seem vast and incongruent. They include the confusing elements involved in meeting our pension obligations, fairly and within our means. And they also encompass the gun violence that plagues many of our neighborhoods across the state. But the discussion also is focused on sustainable school funding, taxation, affordable housing, jobs, clean water, cannabis legalization and a number of other issues that touch all of us.

Each month, we will spend significant reporting resources on a specific issue in our print editions. We will offer up our pages to a wide array of outside voices to deepen the conversation. We will open up our website at ChicagoBusiness.com/CrainsForum at no cost to readers to make sure everyone has a chance to see the ideas we're putting forward and use our social media channels to give people a voice in the discussion.

We will make sure every legislator in the state and every sitting Chicago City Council member will receive a copy of the Forum every month so that those in positions of power are better informed.

79彩票注册网址We are proud to bring you this journalism, and we are grateful to the three underwriters of this program—the Joyce Foundation, CIBC and GCM Grosvenor. Their support allows us to expand our journalism to cover these subjects in depth and to make sure everyone in the city and state has access to this content now and going forward.

And we'd like to hear from you.

Please be part of the conversation and drop us a note at [email protected] if you'd like to see us cover a particular issue. And you can receive Forum-related opinion pieces, articles and data directly to your mailbox by .

Most of all, thank you for reading.

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