Top public officials vow improvements as the district marks the 10th anniversary of its decision to close 49 schools.
Kelli Duncan is an intern with the Illinois Answers Project and a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Duncan has previously reported on local government, the court system and general news for outlets like South Side Weekly, The Chicago Reporter, Northwest Herald and Vail Daily. Duncan graduated from Butler University in 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science.
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