After the BGA and FOX 32 report on a questionable land deal involving Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, her husband and a campaign donor, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office opens an 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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by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
February 16, 2017