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Vacant Property Ordinance Passes Unanimously
August 16, 2011 – 10:14 AM | 5 Comments
Vacant Property Ordinance Passes Unanimously

Foreclosure is a nationwide epidemic that crosses color lines, socio-economic status and affects all communities.  Often, when it comes to the foreclosure discourse, it is a common misconception that homeowners are solely affected; however, according …

Ms. Hightower testifies in support of the Vacant Property Ordinance: TEXT
August 16, 2011 – 10:13 AM | One Comment
Ms. Hightower testifies in support of the Vacant Property Ordinance: TEXT

Good morning, my name is Ms. Patricia Hightower.  I am a resident of Chicago, Illinois, and I live in a senior building on the southeast side of Chicago.  I am also a member of the …

Chicago votes to oppose cuts to HUD
August 3, 2011 – 11:15 AM | No Comment
Chicago votes to oppose cuts to HUD

On July 28th, families, disabled citizens, and the elderly throughout Chicago celebrated the unanimous passage of a City Council Resolution authored by tenants, organizers, and allies with the Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI) …

Tenants and Condo Purchasers Win Protections
May 5, 2011 – 8:52 AM | 2 Comments
Tenants and Condo Purchasers Win Protections

CITY COUNCIL PASSES CONDO CONVERSION ORDINANCE
With Mayor Daley overseeing his final Chicago City Council meeting, the aldermen unanimously passed a condo conversion ordinance.  The ordinance represents five years of struggle on the part of …

Condo Conversion: Action Update
April 26, 2011 – 8:04 AM | One Comment
Condo Conversion: Action Update

RENTERS’ RIGHTS IN CONDO CONVERSIONS – AN UPDATE
On Tuesday, April 19th, the Mayor’s Condo Conversion Task Force met to discuss proposed changes to their report in the latest episode in the now five-year long battle …

Condo Conversion Ordinance Hits Snag in City Council
October 4, 2010 – 11:01 AM | No Comment
Condo Conversion Ordinance Hits Snag in City Council

Condo Conversion Ordinance Passes Housing Committee on Way to Becoming Law

Update from the Chicago Tribune:
Mayor Richard Daley today angrily rebuked real estate groups that he said helped stop his plan to protect renters whose …

City Council Takes Aim at Slumlords
February 5, 2010 – 2:32 PM | No Comment
City Council Takes Aim at Slumlords

At MTO’s 2007 Citywide Tenants Congress, tenants identified poor building conditions and slumlords as one of its three key issues. Tenants proposed several ways to increase landlord accountability. One way was to hit …

Plan Would Deny Slumlords City Loans Or Contracts
January 19, 2010 – 2:21 PM | 4 Comments
Plan Would Deny Slumlords City Loans Or Contracts

The city of Chicago has a message for slumlords: You will not be rewarded with city loans or contracts.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the city council is close to passing a law that would put …