MAY 2011 — A series of investigations by the BGA and the Post-Tribune find that a high-ranking official with the Hobart (Ind.) Fire Department had quietly sold or traded municipal property—including a snowmobile, workout equipment and an old fire truck—to current and former members of the department, with little or no documentation. The official retires as police launch a criminal investigation.
The future of a pilot program aimed at helping formerly incarcerated Chicago residents hangs in the balance after the company that was supposed to pay for it, cryptocurrency giant FTX, recently imploded amid allegations of fraud before paying most of its promised $1 million grant. FTX’s participation was announced to great fanfare by Mayor Lori…
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.
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by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
May 31, 2011