Foster Announces More Than $2 Million for Kane County Housing Programs

Grants to Create Jobs and Expand Supply of Decent, Affordable Housing. Washington, DC - September 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Kane County with two different grants, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) worth $1,210,514 and a HOME program grant worth $805,428

IHDA Board Appoints Governor’s Former Deputy Chief of Staff as Executive Director Gloria L....

CHICAGO, IL - September 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Members of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) board today appointed Gloria L. Materre, former deputy chief of staff under Governor Pat Quinn, as executive director. IHDA is the state agency dedicated to financing affordable housing across the state. Materre succeeds DeShana L. Forney, who resigned to pursue other career opportunities.


Washington, DC - September 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL) announced that the Granite City Housing Authority has received a $6,052,223 grant as part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds will be used to make energy efficiency improvements at Granite City Commons

HUD accepts Illinois’ $17 million disaster recovery plan

WASHINGTON, DC - September 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today accepted a $17.3 million plan from the State of Illinois to support its recovery following last year's devastating floods. The emergency funding is provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and will help Illinois to buyout homes and support local infrastructure projects located in flood-prone areas.

Governor Quinn Joins Groundbreaking at Transportation Hub in Joliet Facility Will Create Thousands of...

JOLIET, IL - September 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn joined business and community leaders today to break ground on a new transportation facility in Joliet. Based on their existing Elwood facility, CenterPoint Properties projects 7,000 permanent jobs will be brought to Illinois by this new facility.

Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Create Jobs, Develop Transportation Hub in Joliet Intermodal...

CHICAGO, IL - August 25, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn signed the Intermodal Facilities Promotion Act, which is designed to encourage business development along the freight rail systems of Illinois. Based on experience with their existing Elwood facility, CenterPoint Properties projects 7,000 permanent new jobs being brought to Illinois through an intermodal facility in Joliet

Turner Selected by U.S. General Services Administration for the $110 Million Renovation of the...

Renovation Will Improve Energy Efficiency of Historic Courthouse. New York, N.Y. - August 25, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Turner Construction Company, the nation’s leading general builder, has been selected by the United States General Services Administration to provide pre-construction and construction management services for the $110 million renovation of the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, which was constructed in 1964 and designed by Mies Van Der Rohe. The courthouse will remain in operation during the renovation, with work being performed at night and during the weekends. Completion of the renovation is scheduled for 2012.

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.

Biggert Bill to aid those with Disabilities: House Passes Bill to Renew and Improve...

Washington, DC - July 22, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) today secured House passage of bipartisan legislation to modernize and expand housing assistance and supports for those with severe disabilities, including mental illnesses. Introduced in March by Biggert, the lead GOP sponsor, and Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT-5), H.R. 1675, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009, passed with overwhelming support and now awaits Senate action.

HUD Secretary announces disaster assistance for Illinois storm victims

WASHINGTON, DC - July 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to six storm-ravaged counties in Illinois and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following last month's severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes.

Durbin Announces $28 Million in HUD Funding for Illinois Communities and Housing Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois communities and housing agencies will receive $28,377,761 in grant funding through four programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

United States Senator Roland W. Burris Announces Recovery Act Funding for State of Illinois...

WASHINGTON, D.C - July 2, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — United States Senator Roland W. Burris today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding the State of Illinois with $94,676,979 from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Biggert Introduces High-Performance Building Resolution Measure Supports Greener, More Efficient Buildings

Washington, DC - June 4, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) joined U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO-3rd) in introducing a resolution recognizing the value of high-performance buildings. The measure, H.Res.492, “Supporting the goals and ideals of High-Performance Building Week,” was introduced late Tuesday. High-Performance Building Week will be June 15 through June 19, 2009.

Bean Discusses State Of Green Economy

Schaumburg, IL - June 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Melissa Bean met with local contractors, builders, green energy developers and environmental advocates at Roosevelt University to discuss the positive impact that energy incentives in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are having on the local economy, and to announce the re-introduction of her Green Initiative to provide further incentives.

Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance for Several Southern llinois Counties Federal disaster declaration...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - June 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Governor Pat Quinn today requested federal assistance to help people, businesses, local governments and electrical cooperatives recover from a devastating storm that hit parts of southern Illinois on May 8. The storm uprooted thousands of trees, causing widespread power outages and blocking countless roads and highways. At least 260 homes in a five-county area were destroyed or suffered major damage, and storm-related costs to state and local governments and electrical cooperatives are expected to top $26 million


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!