You Paid For It: Taxpayers On The Hook For Ex-City Worker's Legal FeesSince Helm worked for the city, a state law protects him. Because the allegation falls within the scope of his employment, it is up to the city to "appear and defend against the claim or action."
You Paid For It: Scaffolding In Front Of Landmark City-Owned Building In West Town Has Been There Since 2015It’s ugly, it’s been there for years, and you paid for it.
You Paid For It: Gary Affordable Housing Project In Limbo Despite $1.5 Million Loan AgreementYou paid for it – a $1.5 million dollar government loan approved in 2011 for an affordable housing project in Gary.
You Paid For It: U.S. Census Could Be Making Some Of The Taxpayer Dollars It Spends Back, But It's Never TriedTens of billions of taxpayer dollars have been used to conduct the U.S. Census – and there is a way the federal government could make some of that money back.
You Paid For It: Pace Transit Service For Disabled Riders Letting Down Legally Blind Man In DuPage CountyJames Gilliard's snags with the taxpayer-funded Ride DuPage have led to frustrations and even a painful fall.
You Paid For It: A Little Bit Of Heaven Homeless Shelter Gets $452,000 City Contract Despite Owing $21,000 In Fines For Building Code ViolationsA homeless shelter on the South Side is crawling with bugs, and filled with decay and potential dangers. Some men who stayed there said it’s not fit for humans, despite getting big bucks from taxpayers.
You Paid For It: Popular Deck At Palmisano Park Prone To FloodingA massive park in Bridgeport built about 10 years ago has been a neighborhood favorite. So why is a popular deck the park unusable for days at a time, multiple times a year?
You Paid For It: Longer, Unnecessary Stays At Psychiatric Hospitals For ChildrenPsychiatric hospital stays cost $350 per night. It's $126 more per night, per child, for hospitalization no longer required.
Gary's 311 Services Request Phone Line Not Working ProperlyMayor Jerome Prince’s spokesperson insisted the city is still receiving requests, but he didn’t specify whether those requests came in over the phone or through the 311 app.