Durbin: New Report Shows Foreclosure Crisis Has Rising Impact on Middle Class

Foreclosures not limited to predatory lending as more homeowners are “underwater”. CHICAGO, IL - March 15, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- More homeowners across Chicago find themselves at risk of foreclosure as property values drop and families struggle with unemployment, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today at a news conference to release National People’s Action’s 2009 Chicago Foreclosure Report.

Hare Praises New Housing Facility for Homeless Female Veterans

January 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today released the following statement praising the Obama Administration for opening a new transitional housing facility in Cocoa, Florida for homeless female veterans. Hare has introduced the Help Our Homeless Veterans Act, legislation that would mandate the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to dedicate funding for a National Media Outreach Campaign on homelessness with a specific focus on women.

Schock Joins Bipartisan Effort to Urge President to Release LIHEAP Funds

Washington, DC - January 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) joined 132 of his colleagues in writing to President Barack Obama this week, requesting he release emergency funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Senator Burris Announces FEMA Funding to Illinois Communities to Combat Homelessness, Hunger and Economic...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- United States Senator Roland W. Burris today announced that the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) will award Illinois a total of $9,000,170 to increase efforts to provide services, food and shelter for the hungry, homeless, and individuals struggling during the economic crisis. The EFSP is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs brings awareness to homeless Vets at Prince Home ...

MANTENO, IL - November 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) held an open house today at the Prince Home at Manteno to bring awareness to the resources the State of Illinois provides for homeless and disabled veterans. IDVA Director Dan Grant was joined by State Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Kankakee) and State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) at the facility, which was the first in Illinois to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.

Governor Quinn Announces Availability of Recovery Funds for Low-Income Home Weatherization Efforts

CHICAGO, IL - October 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced that approximately $242 million in additional Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) funding is available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to assist with low-income home weatherization efforts over the next two years.

Hare Announces $306,026 in Recovery Act Funds for Community Development Block Grants in Rock...

September 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the city of Rock Island $306,026 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act though the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Hare Announces Over $1 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Prevent Homelessness in Decatur,...

September 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Decatur $623,309 and Springfield $516,191 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP).These grants offer communities a resource to provide short- and medium-term rental assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or to quickly re-house those who are experiencing homelessness.

Durbin Discusses Next Steps to Address Foreclosure Crisis

CHICAGO, IL - September 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with members of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) to discuss the state of the foreclosure crisis on Chicago’s southwest side and to discuss a several legislative proposals he is considering introducing in the Senate this fall. One proposal would give homeowners facing foreclosure the right to temporarily remain in their homes by paying fair-market rent to the bank, another would provide funding to support mandatory arbitration programs in which homeowners and banks sit down face to face to work out loan modifications, and a third would extend the tax credit for first time home buyers enacted earlier this year to further reduce excess housing inventory that is dragging down sale prices.

Quinn Administration Announces Guidelines for State Energy Grants Over $100 Million in Federal Recovery...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - August 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- August 20, 2009. On behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today released guidelines for individuals and businesses interested in applying for state energy grants. Last week, Governor Quinn announced that the U.S. Department of Energy had approved Illinois’ State Energy Plan (SEP), which will make over $100 million in federal recovery funding available for grants in Illinois.

New Study to Evaluate Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness Is Plan Proving Effective?

Chicago, IL - July 8, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — To gauge the progress of Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness since its introduction six years ago by a broad coalition of public and private partners, Chicago is launching the first-ever evaluation of a city’s Plan to End Homelessness. Led by nationally-renowned homeless policy experts at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago in conjunction with the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, the evaluation is a comprehensive, two-year, community-driven effort to answer the question: is Chicago’s Plan effectively preventing and ending homelessness for individuals and families in Chicago?

Durbin Announces Nearly $10 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Illinois Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded $9,731,580 in grants to airports in Rockford, Decatur and the Quad Cities.

HUD awards $20 million to continue revitalization at Chicago’s Stateway Gardens public housing development

Funding to bring new rental and homeownership opportunities for former residents

Governor Blagojevich Renews Call for Foreclosure Protections for Illinois Homeowners

Governor Partners with Sen. Collins and Rep. Hamos to Introduce Foreclosure Moratorium of up to Three-months for Homeowners that Enter Counseling CHICAGO, IL - November...

Realtor Good Neighbor Awards Winners are Committed to Their Communities

CHICAGO, IL - October 23, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — Realtors® feel strongly about giving back to their communities, volunteering countless hours to people and...


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!