©2009 Chicago Tribune/Alex Garcia

Like many people, I’ve been disturbed by some of the unbelievable news that has emerged from Chicago area cemeteries. Coffins dug up, bones found, plots resold, headstones delayed for months, flooded graves. The silver lining is that all the media attention is pressuring businessmen and politicians into finally taking some serious action.  The above picture came from a cemetery where some headstones were flooded. While walking through some bushes, I stumbled upon this headstone and others scattered about like trash.  This photo didn’t make the cut for our page one story, but the gravestone still lingers with me – as if to remind me that what we know may just be the tip of an iceberg.

Alex Garcia

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