Sheriff’s SWAP program helps clean up North Side cemetery

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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.

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  • C. Worster

    Does anyone know why Doris Weiss-Evon says she will not sell her parcels to Edie Eiseman and Cathie Horwitz?

    • Frances Germaine

      Doris Weiss-Evon can’t sell any parcels because she does NOT own Jewish Graceland Cemetery! She has been deceiving people for many years, trying to make money only for herself, taking advantage of the actual owner. She was to keep up on the maintenance of the land and she has failed at that too.

  • J. Johnson

    Thank you to the sheriff’s office for cleaning up sections 1 and 4, you did a very good job. This is one of my favorite Chicago cemeteries, and it saddens me to see it fall into disrepair.

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