Several groups, including the BGA, fight back legislation that would have significantly weakened the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the state’s public records 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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SWIFT ACTION DEFEATS MAJOR ASSAULT ON FOIA
by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
February 16, 2017