NOV. 15, 2011 — After the BGA and CBS2 inquire about a Cook County government official whose job duties include overseeing the work of a company with close ties to his family, the matter is referred to the county’s Board of Ethics for investigation.
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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COOK COUNTY BOARD OF ETHICS INVESTIGATION
by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
November 15, 2011