APRIL 25, 2011 — City bureaucrats who had been insisting that an elderly South Side couple owe the government more than $1,300 for a garage tear-down finally back off after the BGA investigates and presents evidence that the couple did not own the garage in question.
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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CHICAGO BUREAUCRATS BACK OFF
by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
April 25, 2011