Most people hope the police will respond in a matter of minutes when dialing 911. But some residents of Chicago’s West Side Austin neighborhood just hope they’ll see a police car at all.
The property tax sale process that can result in people losing their homes robs those communities of generational wealth, critics say. And Cook County’s last-chance fund to help make some of those homeowners whole is years behind in paying claims.
A Chalkbeat Chicago and Illinois Answers Project investigation revealed that despite student needs, high poverty districts have spent smaller portions of their ESSER funds in comparison to low poverty districts.
Law professors say it’s possible. Other states have moved to protect abortion providers and patients, but Illinois lawmakers have yet to take it up.
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Austin BGA Citizen Watchdogs Sound Alarm Over Slow 911 Responses
by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
February 1, 2011