Fed up with the City of Chicago? Frustrated by its lack of progress on schools, building affordable housing and fighting corruption?
You're not alone.
A report card due out Tuesday gives the city government an overall grade of D, knocking its performance on criminal justice, economic development, education, ethics and corruption, housing and transportation. The only area where it earned high marks was for environmental policy, where it got a B.
The report card was produced by a group called DGAP -- Developing Government Accountability to the People. The organizers are do-gooders who work on social justice issues. It's led by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and includes other community groups, academics, unions and foundations. This is an update to an initial 2007 report card.
We don't agree with many of the group's recommendations and some of its analysis. But we do support their effort to hold public officials accountable and educate the public.
To check out the report, go to www.chicagodgap.org.
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