New law cuts red tape for real estate professionals, businesses; takes additional bill...

Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed legislation to reduce burdensome licensing requirements for real estate businesses. The new licensing program is expected to save the state money by reducing a duplicative and unnecessary licensure structure that provides no benefit to the public and discourages business creation and growth.

For CHA kids, it’s “Back to School” at Brookfield Zoo for the fifth year...

Students from the Chicago Housing Authority will enjoy one final summer extravaganza before getting back to work, courtesy of Brookfield Zoo and Pangea Real Estate

100 Chicago Housing Authority college scholars return for “Take Flight: Staying the Course”

Despite the cold, 100 collegians gathered at the Chicago Housing Authority today to “check in” after their Fall semester to explore internship and employment opportunities for the summer


CHICAGO (August 15, 2016) — (RealEstateRama) -- Last night, 15 young and ambitious CHA residents and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants were awarded $40,000...

National Payday Rule Could Save Illinois Millions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled a proposal for a new national rule on payday and car title lending that has the potential to save Illinois residents millions if changes are made before the rule is finalized.

Quigley Goes “Undercover” at A Safe Haven

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, went “undercover” to conduct mock interviews for a job readiness class at A Safe Haven, a non-profit social enterprise that empowers families and individuals experiencing homelessness or crisis with the skills necessary to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

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

Shimkus Backs Infrastructure & Education Bills

In the flurry of legislative business before the year’s end, the House passed two bills this week to reauthorize transportation infrastructure funding and restore local control of primary and secondary education. Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) supported both bipartisan measures.

Illinois home sales and median prices rise again in August

Illinois closed out the summer housing market with moderate gains in both home sales and median prices in August, even as available inventory remained lower than a year ago, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS

Land Professionals Honored with Esteemed Accredited Land Consultant Designation

The REALTORS® Land Institute congratulates those professionals who have recently distinguished themselves by earning the esteemed Accredited Land Consultant designation. Earning the ALC designation is an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, educated, and highest performing land experts

Chicago Real Estate Executive to Speak at MIPIM Japan, the International Real Estate Conference

Noah D. Shlaes., CRE®, Senior Managing Director, Global Corporate Services, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Chicago, will speak May 21 at MIPIM Japan 2015, Asia’s largest international real estate conference, which is being held in Tokyo. He is representing The Counselors of Real Estate® professional association, where he is the organization’s 2015 Chair of the Board

Honor The Resurrection Project for their work with Chicago neighborhoods

In a city as large as Chicago, it can be difficult for communities to find the economic support they need. A lack of access to financial services and limited community development can inhibit the growth of these neighborhoods, but one organization has dedicated itself to ensuring that communities can thrive. The Resurrection Project (TRP) stands as a pillar of support for Chicago’s Southwest Side, including Pilsen Back of the Yards and Little Village

Bustos Fights To Ensure First Responders Have Resources To Handle Train Derailments

Following her visit earlier this week to the BNSF train derailment site south of Galena to thank first responders, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, fought today to ensure first responders in local communities have the training and resources they need in the event of a train derailment or fuel spill

Noted political observer Paul Lisnek to address REALTORS® policy group

Dr. Paul M. Lisnek, an award-winning television host and anchor of "Politics Tonight" on CLTV and the on-air political analyst for WGN-TV.

Mayor Emanuel and the Kitchen Community Announce the Installation of the 100th Learning Garden...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Kitchen Community today gathered together with students, teachers, parents, and community volunteers at Peirce Elementary School to celebrate achieving the goal of the 100th Learning Garden at a Chicago Public School (CPS). Since the start of the initiative in 2012, Learning Gardens are now featured in 100 schools, providing over 50,000 children across Chicago every school day hands-on nutrition and science education opportunities


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!