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We collect data from the largest public pension systems in the state and centralize it into our Illinois Public Pensions Database.

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Chicago Rat Problem Map: Search Rat Complaints Across the City

An Illinois Answers Project and Block Club Chicago joint investigation found that Chicagoans made more than 214,000 complaints for rat abatement from 2019 through the end of 2022. Search the map below to find rat complaints across Chicago. How to use this searchable map This information reflects only what users submitted in their complaints to 311, but is not necessarily a statement of fact.

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