Yearly Archives: 2012

July home sales in Illinois up 25.5 percent from a year ago; Statewide median...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - August 22, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Home sales in the state surged 25.5 percent over previous year levels, with data released today by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® showing signs that the state’s housing market is strengthening.

Lee & Associates Negotiates 10-Year Industrial Lease in Joliet

Torrance, CA - August 16, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Lee & Associates, one of the largest national commercial real estate providers with regional expertise, has negotiated a 10-year industrial lease for a 236,273-square-foot unit in a Class-A distribution facility in Joliet, Ill. Located at 3500 Corporate Dr., the facility, a total of 442,484 square feet, will be the new home to Johnstone Supply Inc.

Department on Aging Invites Seniors and Their Families to Attend Activities at the Illinois...

SPRINGFIELD - August 13, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host activities for seniors and their families to attend during the Illinois State Fair, which runs August 10 - 19. IDoA is offering a lineup of special events in the senior center, which is the air conditioned setting of the Illinois Building located near the main gate of the fairgrounds. Attendees 60 years of age and older will be admitted to the fair for free, on Senior Day which is Monday August 13

Lee & Associates Negotiates $12 Million Office Lease

Torrance, CA - August 10, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Lee & Associates, one of the largest and fastest growing full service national commercial real estate providers has negotiated the $12 million long-term lease for two floors of the President’s Plaza Complex at 8700 Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago.

Governor Quinn Signs Housing Bills to Support People with Disabilities and Protect Homeowners from...

CHICAGO, IL - August 6, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new housing laws to provide people with disabilities with more access to affordable rental housing, and to further protect homeowners from mortgage fraud. The supportive housing law makes $10 million in rental housing subsidies available over 15 years to eligible landlords. In addition, the governor announced the commitment of up to $40 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funds for developers of permanent supportive housing. These laws build on the governor’s strong commitment to providing more housing options for people with disabilities, and to protecting consumers from predatory lenders.

Quinn Administration Releases Study: Without Pension Reform, Illinois Will Spend More on Pensions than...

CHICAGO, IL - August 6, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Quinn released data today prepared by the Illinois Office of Management & Budget (OMB) that shows without comprehensive pension reform, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education by Fiscal Year 2016. The budget office performed the district-by-district analysis based on current projections to examine the long-term funding challenges of the state if comprehensive pension reform is not enacted. The analysis was released just days after Governor Quinn called a special session dedicated to pension reform on August 17.

Governor Quinn Signs New Consumer Protection Laws

CHICAGO, IL - July 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn continued his long history of fighting for consumers today by signing two new laws to help Illinois residents avoid risky home loans and protect those who are in debt from being unfairly sent to jail. The new laws increase protections for families from High Risk Home Loans and Refund Anticipation Loans and also establish stringent new guidelines before a borrower can be sent to jail following non-payment of debt

Governor Quinn Encourages Attendance at Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network Event

O’FALLON, IL - July 20, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- As part of his commitment to affordable housing and foreclosure prevention, Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged Illinois families facing foreclosure to attend the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network’s “Keep Your Home, Illinois” workshop. Held Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in O’Fallon, the workshop will connect struggling homeowners with in-person assistance, resources and knowledge to help them keep their homes.

June home sales in Illinois up 18.0 percent from a year ago; Median prices...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - July 19, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Home sales surged 18 percent over previous year levels, with data released today by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® showing signs that the state’s housing market is strengthening.


Chicago, IL - July 17, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that up to $3 million in funding from the national foreclosure settlement reached this year will be used to fund new mortgage foreclosure mediation programs in Illinois counties where such programs currently do not exist.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan, DOJ settle racial discrimination suit against Wells Fargo for $175...

Chicago, IL - July 13, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan together with the Department of Justice announced a $175 million nationwide settlement today with Wells Fargo over allegations that the bank steered borrowers of color into subprime loans more frequently than comparable white borrowers and charged borrowers of color more money for their mortgages than white borrowers were charged. The settlement will provide at least $15 million in restitution to impacted Illinois borrowers, while an additional $7 million will create a fund for down payment assistance. Currently, approximately 3,300 Illinois borrowers are estimated to be victims of discrimination by Wells Fargo.

Governor Quinn Announces Start of LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program

CHICAGO, IL - July 11, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- July 10, 2012. In an effort to provide relief to residents facing high energy bills in the wake of the recent heat wave, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that applications will be accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning July 11. Through LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of households with incomes of up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Hiring of Veterans and Grow Jobs in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL - July 9, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will help more Illinois Veterans find employment following their service to our country, an important measure he proposed during his State of the State address in February.

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of a Triple Net Leased Budget Rent a Car...

Northbrook, IL - June 29, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant Budget Rent a Car property located at 8940 S. Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn, IL for $1,135,000.

Seniors Urged to Apply for Circuit Breaker Grant by June 30; Program ends July...

SPRINGFIELD - June 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is reminding Illinois seniors about their last chance to get approved for Circuit Breaker property tax grants before the program ends July 1. The Circuit Breaker program provides grants to eligible seniors and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the costs of property taxes, license plate renewals and rides on public transit. After June 30, property tax grants will no longer be available. The General Assembly did not appropriate funds for Circuit Break property tax grants for fiscal year 2013.


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.


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