Which communities will face the biggest property tax increases?

Cook County property owners will face steep property tax hikes, according to analysis in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Both newspapers analyzed data from the Cook County Assessor's office
Tuesday to determine which Chicago neighborhoods would have the highest
property tax increase as the county phases out a controversial program
to cap such increases in gentrifying neighborhoods. West Garfield Park
will have the highest in the city, with a median tax bill increase of 46.4 percent.

Many of the community areas with the highest increases are predominantly black or Latino. See The Chicago Reporter's analysis of racial data alongside the property tax increases.

Other Chicago Muckraking:

The Tribune continues its investigative series on nursing
homes, unveiling an article about vulnerable seniors being administered
psychotropic drugs

"Frail and vulnerable residents of nursing homes throughout Illinois
are being dosed with powerful psychotropic drugs, leading to tremors,
dangerous lethargy and a higher risk of harmful falls or even death, a
Tribune investigation has found," Sam Roe writes.

The latest installment in the Tribune series, "Compromised Care," also includes a database of homes' safety reports.

In its July/August issue, the Reporter wrote about racial disparities in nursing home care. Last week Reporter staff members testified at a hearing held by the Illinois Senate's committee on health and human services about their findings.

-- Compiled by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Christopher Danzig

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