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The question is, how do we become better allies?
March 8, 2017 – 12:20 PM | One Comment
The question is, how do we become better allies?

Today is International Women’s Day. On this day, women all across the world receive praises that go unsaid the rest of the year. It’s also a day for women like myself to reflect on what …

We Know How To Stop The Epidemic Of Lead Poisoning. Why Aren’t We?
March 28, 2016 – 12:54 PM | No Comment
We Know How To Stop The Epidemic Of Lead Poisoning. Why Aren’t We?

We know exactly how to eliminate lead hazards to keep children safe. Yet federal regulations that are supposed to protect families in any kind of housing, public and private, have lagged far behind current scientific …

How a Pro-Active Inspection Program Will Address Lead Poisoning
May 18, 2015 – 10:38 AM | No Comment
How a Pro-Active Inspection Program Will Address Lead Poisoning

Monica loves spending time at home with her family. Unfortunately, her home has not always been a safe place for her children to grow and develop. Monica’s two year old son, Kyle, was diagnosed with …

How a Pro-Active Inspection Program Will Address Asthma
July 2, 2014 – 12:33 PM | No Comment
How a Pro-Active Inspection Program Will Address Asthma

Ms. Jones told her landlord right away when her daughters’ bedroom ceiling was leaking.  She told him that he needed to come look at it as soon as possible. But the landlord never showed up. 

In …

Learn More: What Other Cities Are Doing
May 29, 2014 – 9:51 AM | No Comment
Learn More: What Other Cities Are Doing

Thousands of calls to MTO’s hotline are about building conditions – especially mold.  Mold only needs water and a surface to grow on.  Bad plumbing, structural deficiencies and water damage from flooding causes mold to …

Has your home been tested for Radon?
January 15, 2014 – 12:53 PM | No Comment
Has your home been tested for Radon?

January is National Radon Action Month.  Everyone is encouraged to test their home for harmful levels of radon.  Radon is a natural colorless, odorless radioactive gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. …

Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance
December 22, 2013 – 10:36 AM | No Comment

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO:
SECTION 1.
Section 2-112-160 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by inserting the language underscored and deleting the language struck …

Chicago Council passes Bed Bug Ordinance
July 16, 2013 – 9:44 AM | 8 Comments
Chicago Council passes Bed Bug Ordinance

The City of Chicago has recently been named the nation’s #1 city infested with bed bugs.  Everyday MTO’s tenants’ rights hotline receives calls from renters throughout the City and suburbs dealing with the pesky pests. …

“The Link Between Lead Poisoning and Underperforming Students” Chicago Reader feature story
May 30, 2013 – 8:17 AM | No Comment
“The Link Between Lead Poisoning and Underperforming Students” Chicago Reader feature story

With mounting evidence that lead poisoning results in lower test scores, more children repeating grades, and worse, why has so little been done in Chicago to reverse the damage?
By: Megan Cottrell – Chicago Reader – …