CHICAGO -- An historic Chicago cemetery has fallen into disrepair, and a program run by the Cook County Sheriff's office is stepping in to help out.
Jewish Graceland Cemetery is located on Clark Street, just south of Irving Park Road. It is actually four different parcels.
The two middle parcels are well kept, being taken care of by the Hebrew Benevolent Society. It is the two outer parcels, owned by Doris Weiss-Evon, that have fallen into disrepair.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart brought out a crew today from the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program (SWAP) to clear weeds and high grass. Some of the grass towers over the headstones.
Alderman Tom Tunney (44th Ward) got the sheriff involved after getting complaints from neighbors concerned about the unkempt nature of the cemetery and safety issues.
The owner says she does not have the money for the upkeep because the families of people buried in the cemetery are not paying the fees. She says she is open to selling the cemetery, but only to the right person or the right group.
The sheriff's work detail says it will probably be a complete day before the cemetery is cleaned up.