CPL and CHA reveal winners of co-located library/housing design competition

Chicago Public Library (CPL) and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will announce the selection of the three architecture firms that will work with the Irving Park, West Ridge and near West Side communities to design co-located housing and library developments. Chicago is one of the first cities in the country to develop co-located housing and libraries.
5 Common Emergency Plumbing Problems

5 Common Emergency Plumbing Problems

Plumbing emergencies are common in Chicago, and until one strikes, you don't really know if there is a leak in your fixtures. This is why initiatives like the Fix a Leak Week are being used to prevent plumbing emergencies.

Illinois’ New & Improved RPS Means More Solar

The Illinois state legislature passed the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814) last week, which sets the state on a path to 25 percent renewables by 2025, including potentially thousands of megawatts of new solar.

Rep. Robin Kelly Leads Letter Objecting to Facebook’s “Ethnic Affinity” Feature

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Congressional Black Caucus today voiced their objections to Facebook’s “Ethnic Affinity” advertising option that allows housing advertisers to exclude certain ethnic groups in marketing and promotion, in a letter to company CEO Mark Zuckerberg

IDNR Announces Campsite Reservations Open for Sites in Solar Eclipse Zone

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that campsite reservations are now available at southern Illinois State Parks and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex for visitors making plans to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Reservations can be made for dates within the window of Aug. 14 – 27, 2017

IDFPR: QR Enhanced License Certificates Offer Tech Safeguards

In an effort to increase transparency and provide the public with a quick and easy method to verify the authenticity of a professional’s certificate of licensure, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is now including a unique quick response (QR) code for all professions within the Divisions of Professional Regulation and Real Estate.  When the QR code is scanned using a QR reader application from any mobile device, the latest license information from IDFPR’s database will be displayed, including licensure status.  The QR code announcement is the latest from IDFPR in their ongoing efforts to modernize the state’s regulatory agency.

Kirk Supports Investments in Illinois Innovation to Help Argonne, Fermilab Compete with China

Senate FY17 Energy & Water Bill Includes Kirk-Driven Provisions to Boosts Supercomputer Development, Strengthens Illinois Waterway Infrastructure; Bill Funds National Labs, Waterway Infrastructure, Cybersecurity Improvements

Illinois Launches Smartphone E-License for Regulated Professionals

An alternative to the paper license pocket card is now available for the majority of licensed professionals regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). An estimated 1.1 million active licensees within the Division of Professional Regulation (DPR) and the Division of Real Estate (DRE) may now choose to store an electronic license pocket card on their smartphone or tablet.

With Homebuyers Relying More on Digital Tools, RE/MAX Brokers Point to Value of Understanding...

House hunting continues to move in a digital direction, and the ability to pursue property listings online certainly makes the home-search process simpler. Nonetheless, RE/MAX advises buyers to review online listings with their limitations as well as their benefits in mind

Groupon Director of Editorial Content Joins Agent Publishing as Editor-in-Chief / Vice President of...

Agent Publishing, the country’s dominant hyper-local B2B real estate media company, has announced John Thomas, 50, has joined the firm as editor-in-chief and vice president of content strategy.

Shimkus, Bost & Davis Question Energy Regulator Over Rate Spike

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today questioning this month’s Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) planning resource auction that resulted in significantly higher electricity capacity prices for central and southern Illinois. Congressmen Mike Bost (R, Illinois-12) and Rodney Davis (R, Illinois-13) joined Shimkus on the letter

Rush Floor Statement on Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015

U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House Floor this afternoon in support of S. 535. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 is a bipartisan energy bill to conserve energy, save Americans money and create jobs. Below is a transcript of Rush’s remarks and a link to the video.

Kinzinger, Gardner, Coons, Welch Introduce Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Peter Welch (D-VT) joined Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-CT) today to announce that they are introducing identical bipartisan bills in the Senate and House encouraging and expanding the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) in federal government buildings

IDX Broker is used to customize the property search for consumers on realtor Dawn...

EUGENE, OR - July 19, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The IDX, Inc. team eagerly announces today the addition of Dawn Dause with ReMax Ultimate Professionals, to the growing list of elite rank real estate professionals choosing to integrate customized IDX Broker search tools into their websites. Operating out of Shorewood, Illinois, Dause’s site visitors will now be able to browse a plethora of listings within the Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), using innovative Internet Data Exchange (IDX) search tools and functions. The addition of this custom IDX Broker product will offer potential home buyers a more personalized and intimate online property search experience by allowing them to specify their criteria in great detail. and CENTURY 21® Team Up to Give Back to Easter Seals

Chicago, IL - July 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) --, a leader in digital marketing solutions for real estate agents and online real estate, today announced that it is teaming up with the CENTURY 21 System to support Easter Seals. For every CENTURY 21 agent who enters the Agent Makeover Sweepstakes through August 16, 2013, will donate $1 to Easter Seals*, which provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs, as well as support to their families


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


Rush Sponsors H.R. 2479, LIFT America Act to Invest in Illinois...

U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), who serves as Ranking Member on the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, helped draft infrastructure legislation to bring federal funding to Illinois’ roads,bridges and much more. The Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act, (H.R. 2479) includes key areas within the Committee’s jurisdiction that address broadband, drinking water, healthcare, the electric grid, brownfields and renewable energy infrastructure

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Quigley Fights to Expand Affordable Housing and Protect Vital Infrastructure Investments

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) fought to expand federal housing assistance and protect funding and eligibility for vital infrastructure programs that improve the economy and support local communities, including projects in Chicago and Cook County. His efforts come as the House Appropriations Committee considers the FY15 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill Fisher Investments Jay Carlson