IEMA Offers Tips for Protecting Homes, Businesses from Natural Hazards

SPRINGFIELD - January 08, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois is susceptible to several types of natural hazards, including floods, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, droughts, even earthquakes. While it’s impossible to avoid such events, there are several steps communities and people can take to prevent injuries or deaths and reduce property losses

New Development for Formerly Homeless Veterans Celebrates Opening in Springfield Veterans will be connected...

SPRINGFIELD - October 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Property manager Anthony Jones understands what veterans at the new Fifth Street Renaissance Veterans Shelter have been through because he’s lived it, too

Illinois Donates More Than $1.1 Million in Surplus Winter Gear to Help Homeless Stay...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - October 15, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Director Malcolm Weems today announced that the state will donate boots, coats, sleeping bags and other gear to help thousands of homeless individuals stay warm during the upcoming winter season. CMS will donate federal surplus supplies valued at $1.1 million to the homeless through charities, homeless shelters, churches and other humanitarian organizations who enrolled in the surplus program

New Development for Formerly Homeless Veterans Celebrates Opening before Memorial Day

CHICAGO, IL - May 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- After years of struggling with substance abuse and shuttling between relatives’ homes, veteran Steven G. Brooks finally has a stable place to call home and access to the training he needs to launch a new career. A 43-year-old Marine Corps veteran of the first Gulf War, Brooks is one of the new residents of Hope Manor Apartments, a new development on Chicago’s West Side that ensures 80 formerly homeless veterans have both a safe and supportive place to live

Governor Quinn Addresses Illinois Association of Realtors Emphasizes Administration’s Commitment to Affordable Housing and...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - March 27, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the Illinois Association of Realtors Conference in Springfield. March is Affordable Housing Month, and the Governor’s remarks emphasized his administration’s commitment to creating affordable homeownership opportunities and foreclosure assistance programs.

Quigley Meets with Secretary Geithner to Discuss Chicago Housing Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - November 3, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) met with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to discuss the housing and foreclosure crisis in the City of Chicago and surrounding area. The meeting followed Quigley’s Foreclosure Assistance Fair this past weekend in Chicago, where more than 200 constituents sought assistance from mortgage lenders, government agencies, and housing counselors.

Manzullo Introduces Legislation to Ensure Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Pay Back Losses to Taxpayers

Washington, DC - July 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) introduced legislation today to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue paying annual dividends back to the US Treasury to ensure the “ringleaders” of the housing crisis keep paying off their debt to American taxpayers.

Manzullo Unveils Legislation to Ensure Housing Collapse “Ringleaders” Pay Back Losses to Taxpayers

Washington, DC - May 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) has unveiled legislation to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue paying annual dividends back to the US Treasury to ensure the “ringleaders” of the housing crisis keep paying off their debt to American taxpayers.

Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery Charges

April 28, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- John L. Neal, Jr., 51, pled guilty on April 27, 2011, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Ill.-, to an Indictment charging four counts of bank robbery, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Federal Funds Stimulate Affordable Housing Construction, Job Creation across IL

CHICAGO, IL - January 27, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) announced federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds have enabled the start of construction and rehabilitation of nearly 5,500 affordable rental homes, creating an estimated 4,855 jobs statewide

Governor Quinn Calls on Illinois Residents to Support Our Troops This Holiday Season

CHICAGO, IL - November 29, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today joined local schoolchildren to light the state of Illinois’ annual holiday tree and launch the Illinois Heroes holiday card drive. Governor Quinn encouraged schoolchildren from across the state to take part in the annual drive by making holiday cards for servicemembers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. Governor Quinn will personally deliver the cards during a visit to troops at LRMC later this year.

Governor Quinn Announces State Investment in New Housing for Homeless Veterans

CHICAGO, IL - October 18, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $4 million state investment to help build a housing development that will provide quality, affordable apartments and supportive services for 80 Veterans who are homeless. Approximately 75 jobs will be created during the construction of Hope Manor Apartments in Chicago

Even in Weak Economy, RE/MAX Northern Illinois Real Estate Network Continues Charitable Mission: ...

Elgin, IL - June 8, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- For 17 years, the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network has been a generous donor to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), supporting its mission of providing financial assistance to more than 170 children’s hospitals across the country. Now, CMN has honored two local RE/MAX executives for their role in fostering that relationship and achieving a remarkable record of fund-raising, even over the last several years when strong economic headwinds prevailed.

Durbin and VA Secretary Discuss Homelessness Among Veterans in Illinois

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 20, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), General Eric Shinseki, to discuss how to meet the needs of the estimated 1,500 veterans that go homeless every night in Illinois. Secretary Shinseki is scheduled to testify tomorrow at a joint hearing of two Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on his plan to reduce the number of homeless veterans in the United States by half over the next two years and completely by 2014

Senator Roland Burris Announces Recovery Act Funding for Water System Improvement Projects in Illinois...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 18, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- United States Senator Roland W. Burris today announced that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Department of Agriculture are being allocated to Illinois rural communities for water system projects to enhance water quality and improve sanitation services. These projects will provide construction jobs and improve water systems infrastructure in rural areas


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!