BGA’s Outside Counsel, Matt Topic trained a group of about 25 (about half of whom were journalism students at DePaul) to use the Freedom of Information Act and responded to several questions about different details of the law.
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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DePaul Journalists Get Schooled On FOIA
by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
January 21, 2015