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(WTTW News)

The abandonment and neglect that has undermines the economies of many Chicago and Cook County neighborhoods is very much man-made, according to a new study.

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A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Many of the barriers erected by elected officials and civic leaders beginning in the 1930s to keep Black Chicagoans, Latino Chicagoans and White Chicagoans from living, working and playing in the same neighborhoods remain unchanged nearly a century later, according to a new study.

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(WTTW News)

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas talks about the disparities in delinquent houses and how she’s working to reduce the problem. 

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(Stephen M. Scott / Flickr)

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas offers some last-minute tips ahead of the annual tax sale.

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Maria Pappas

“Just as the banking industry is undergoing a transformation, so too am I continuing to automate the Treasurer’s Office,” says Maria Pappas. Learn more about this candidate.

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Maria Pappas

“Just as the banking industry is undergoing a transformation, so too am I continuing to automate the Treasurer’s Office,” Maria Pappas writes. Learn more about this candidate.

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Notice anything different about your property tax bills this year? Treasurer Maria Pappas is trying to use them to expose the worst sources of debt in Cook County. We check in with her.