Yearly Archives: 2010

Governor Quinn Announces Funding for NIU’s Cole Hall Construction, Stevens Building Renovations

DEKALB, IL - January 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Northern Illinois University (NIU) will get $8 million to renovate Cole Hall, which on Feb. 14, 2008 was the tragic scene of an unprovoked attack where five students were shot and 19 were wounded. An additional $2.3 million will be used to plan for the renovation of Stevens Building.

State Regulators Announce Early Results from Sex Offender Match Program

CHICAGO, IL - January 27, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today announced it had indefinitely suspended the licenses of Edward Kent, a Real Estate Broker and Associate Appraiser who had been convicted of a crime that caused his name to be placed in the Illinois Sex Offender Database. After receiving a complaint about Mr. Kent, the Department undertook to compare its more than one million licensees against that database.

Illinois Home Sales in December Log Fourth Consecutive Gain Year-End Home Sales Down 1.5...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - January 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois housing markets show signs of stabilizing as low interest rates and the tax credit stimulus helped to reduce inventories through the end of 2009 while more markets reported median price increases in December. According to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® latest report, statewide total home sales (which include single-family and condominiums) in December 2009 were up 20.1 percent, totaling 8,197 homes sold compared to December 2008 sales of 6,823 homes, marking the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases statewide. The median price in December 2009 was $152,000 down 1.9 percent from $155,000 in December 2008. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half sold for less

Durbin: $98 Million in Recovery Act Funding Will Be Used to Put Chicagoans Back...

CHICAGO, IL - January 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the City of Chicago a Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant in the amount of $98,008,384 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These grants are competitively awarded to local governments and non-profit housing developers to spur economic development and create jobs in hard-hit communities

Hare Praises New Housing Facility for Homeless Female Veterans

January 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today released the following statement praising the Obama Administration for opening a new transitional housing facility in Cocoa, Florida for homeless female veterans. Hare has introduced the Help Our Homeless Veterans Act, legislation that would mandate the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to dedicate funding for a National Media Outreach Campaign on homelessness with a specific focus on women.

About half of all home fires are caused by heating equipment

OSFM offers safety tips, highlights dangers with furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters. SPRINGFIELD, IL - January 20, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires and nearly half of all home fires occur during the winter months, according to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM)

Shimkus Announces LIHEAP Funding; Calls on Obama to Release More Funds

Washington, DC - January 14, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) has co-signed a letter with 112 of his colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, to President Obama asking that Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) contingency funds be released

Schock Joins Bipartisan Effort to Urge President to Release LIHEAP Funds

Washington, DC - January 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) joined 132 of his colleagues in writing to President Barack Obama this week, requesting he release emergency funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).


WASHINGTON, DC - January 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Two elderly sisters will continue living together under an agreement announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Lake County Housing Authority (LCHA) in Grayslake, Illinois.

Senator Burris Announces FEMA Funding to Illinois Communities to Combat Homelessness, Hunger and Economic...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- United States Senator Roland W. Burris today announced that the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) will award Illinois a total of $9,000,170 to increase efforts to provide services, food and shelter for the hungry, homeless, and individuals struggling during the economic crisis. The EFSP is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

New Web site creates Illinois ‘hub for housing’

CHICAGO, IL - January 5, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- A new free bilingual Web site ( featuring statewide property listings is available now to help Illinois residents find their next rental home. was created by the administration of Governor Pat Quinn to allow users to search through a range of features to find a home that fit their needs


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.


Make Your Garage Door Quieter

How to Make Your Garage Door Quieter

Did you know that the structural noise from a garage can be anywhere from 5 decibels to 20 decibels above the background noise levels? And if you are wondering how much change would a 20-decibel increase make, then consider this – with a rise of 20 decibels, the sound energy increases by a factor of 100!