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Rachel Hinton, Illinois Answers Project

City Has Spent Only 15% Of $52 Million In Federal Money Dedicated For Homeless Programs

Two years after receiving the COVID-era funding, Chicago has been slow off the mark with some of its programs to help people experiencing homelessness.


Ald. Rod Sawyer Did Legal Work For Firm That Bought Beverly Home For $32,000 From Man With Dementia

A judge later invalidated the sale, but Sawyer, who is running for mayor, notes he was dismissed from the court case involving the purchase with no finding of wrongdoing.


Invited In Only To Be Shut Out

The city’s premiere development initiative, Invest South/West, has brought hope to areas long ignored by developers. But some residents say they’ve been left out of decision-making on the projects coming to their areas.


Ald. Walter Burnett Softened Stance On Affordable Housing After Cash Flowed

Developer Onni Group wanted out of its obligation to include affordable units in its luxury Old Town highrises. Onni paid a Burnett friend more than $417,000 to lobby City Hall, helped sponsor a Burnett fundraiser and pledged $25,000 to a charity run by Burnett’s wife. Some tenants said the alderman abandoned them.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Concerns — And Campaign Plans — Mount As Chicago’s Remap Battle Drags On

Chicago’s once-per-decade fight to redraw its ward boundaries has lasted months and there’s still no agreement, sparking preliminary referendum plans and fears about a costly court battle.