Yearly Archives: 2016

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.

IDHR Issues Reminder of Fair Housing Rights During Holiday Season

As Illinois residents prepare for a diverse array of holiday celebrations in and around their homes, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) urges renters and property owners to be knowledgeable of fair housing laws that provide protections against religious discrimination. The reminder comes as many landlords and homeowner associations may be establishing rules as to allowable displays, decorations, and celebrations, many of which may appear discriminatory in nature

Representatives Rush and Bustos Introduce Bill to Amend Safe Drinking Water Ac

U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) introduced a bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act. This bill would establish a $50 million grant program within EPA that would allow local education agencies and districts to replace lead service lines and lead solder used in school plumbing. This bill is a companion to an earlier bill Rush introduced that would provide grants to schools to replace older water tanks manufactured prior to 1988

Davis Statement on Passage of State Energy Bill

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the Illinois state legislature passed an energy bill to help Exelon’s nuclear plants


On Sunday, December 4, the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will host hundreds of students (ages 5-13) who reside in CHA family housing developments at their 17th annual holiday party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)

Teens Give Voice to Voiceless through Documentary Film

Filmmaking is a means of personal expression that this summer allowed 16 young women who are Chicago Housing Authority residents to document the unseen realities that surround them. Ranging from the gravity of teen pregnancy to the devastation of neighborhood violence, these women learned to use film as a tool in a collaborative documentary filmmaking program offered by CHA and DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts
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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Lease Athletico Property

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant Athletico Physical Therapy property located at 8905 South Commercial Avenue in Chicago, Illinois for $1,025,000. The Athletico Physical Therapy property is located in a densely populated area with significant barriers to entry.

Justice Department Files Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Tinley Park, Illinois, for Refusing to Approve...

The Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit today against the village of Tinley Park, Illinois, alleging that the suburb of Chicago violated the Fair Housing Act when it refused to approve a low-income housing development in response to race-based community opposition

Illinois home prices show solid gains in October; Sales decline

A drop in the number of homes on the market and a typical seasonal slowdown helped drive Illinois home sales lower in October even as median home prices continued to post solid annual gains, according to Illinois REALTORS®

Governor Rauner Holds Townhall to Discuss Economic Reforms

Governor Bruce Rauner, joined by leaders from Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors, and the National Federation of Independent Business, today discussed reforms to create jobs, lower property taxes and improve our schools during an employee town hall at The Will Group Manufacturing Facility in Chicago.

For the First Time, CHA Resident Has a “Home for the Holidays”

Susan Tovar sometimes just stops and looks out into her new backyard. And reflects on her hard work. And on the journey it took to get where she is. “My little one gets home from school, and goes right out to the backyard and plays,” said Tovar, a single mother with three children. “I watch him through the window. That means so much to me.”

Housing Visions and New York State Homes and Community Renewal Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting...

Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc. NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the City of Syracuse, elected officials, and partners celebrated the ribbon cutting of Salina Crossing, a mixed-used development that has created 49 modern, safe and affordable housing units for low-income households and nearly 6,000 square feet of commercial space to revitalize two neighborhoods connected by Salina Street, a main thoroughfare that spans the Northside and Southside of Syracuse.

Governor Rauner Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Governor Bruce Rauner, joined by leaders from Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Manufacturers' Association, Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Federation of Independent Business, today discussed reforms to create jobs, lower property taxes and improve our schools during an Apprenticeship Town Hall at Ruby Electric. This event was in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week which Governor Rauner proclaimed November 14-18, 2016, in Illinois in support of meaningful pathways to promote jobs and economic prosperity

Durbin Announces $620 Million In Federal Funding For Economic And Community Development

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $620 million in federal funding to spur economic and community development in distressed and low-income communities across Illinois. This funding, provided through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), will provide resources for local jobs, community facilities, and safe and affordable housing.
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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Triple Net Leased US Bank Property

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant US Bank property located at 1103 East 9th Street in Lockport, Illinois (Chicago MSA) for $2,100,000.


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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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!