Yearly Archives: 2016

Durbin Calls On HUD To Strengthen Regulations Addressing Childhood Lead Exposure

Following a Chicago Tribune report that highlighted numerous incidents of childhood lead poisoning in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro to urge the Department to conduct a thorough review of its regulations of acceptable lead exposure levels for children living in federally subsidized housing

2015: A Good Year for the North Shore and Barrington Area Housing Market

“Low interest rates and improved employment made for a good year for the local residential real estate market,” said Keith Hancock, president of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors® (NSBAR). “Median home prices were up more than 2 percent for the year compared to 2014, and the number of closed sales year-over-year increased nearly 4 percent.”

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Hosts Successful Third Annual Economic Summit

ongresswoman Cheri Bustos hosted the Third Annual Economic Summit at Augustana College, building upon roundtables she hosted earlier this year with manufacturers in Rockford, Peoria, and the Quad-Cities. This year’s summit focused on developing solutions to address the skills gap in the manufacturing industry, and the challenge of retaining young talent in the region

Illinois home prices, prices higher in December; Strong gains seen in 2015

Illinois home sales and prices climbed higher in December and capped off a 2015 housing market that showed a return to a more balanced market with total year-end sales and median price gains surpassing 2014, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS

Durbin Welcomes Illinois Mayors To Washington To Discuss 2016 Priorities

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with mayors from across Illinois who are in Washington, D.C. for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. At the meeting, Durbin discussed local priorities for 2016, including transportation and infrastructure initiatives and local economic development issues.

New Initiative Encourages Installation of Active Radon Systems in New Homes

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) today announced the statewide launch of an initiative to encourage home builders to install activated radon mitigation systems in new homes. The systems reduce levels of radon, a radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall

Shimkus Votes to Block Obama Administration Overreach

ongressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted this week to block two of the Obama Administration’s most controversial water rules. On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1644, the STREAM Act. This legislation would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive study of existing stream protection rules before additional regulations can be proposed by the Office of Surface Mining


Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), announced that it has partnered with Heartland Housing, Inc. (HHI), a developer and manager of affordable housing, to preserve more than 100 affordable homes at Leland Apartments, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Ill.

Consumer Groups Criticize Illinois Insurance Director Dowling for Failing to Enforce Unfair Discrimination Law...

A coalition of consumer groups are calling on Acting Illinois Insurance Director Anne Melissa Dowling to reverse her “do-nothing” position and start protecting Illinois consumers from the unfair use of certain information unrelated to insurance risk – such as personal consumer shopping data – to set auto and homeowners insurance prices.

Net Lease Physicians Immediate Care Property Sold in Chicago

“Medical related properties featuring long term leases with multiple rental escalations continue to be highly sought after amongst the investor community as they provide an inflationary hedge” said Randy Blankstein, President of The Boulder Group.


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!