Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance for Five Counties Hit by Tornadoes

SPRINGFIELD, IL - June 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Obama to declare Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam counties major disasters areas. If approved, a federal disaster declaration would help people and businesses affected by the June 5 tornadoes recover from the storm’s aftermath by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Provide State Tax Credit for Renovation of Peoria Landmark

PEORIA, IL - June 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will create a pilot program to provide a state tax credit for the renovation of the historic Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria. The project is expected to generate 1,000 jobs and lead to economic benefits for central Illinois.

Governor Quinn Opens Rosa Parks Apartments Affordable Housing in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - June 14, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn opened the Rosa Parks Apartments, newly-built rental property that will provide affordable homes for 94 families. The multi-million dollar project was funded in part by $9.8 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and $2.2 million in state funds from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation on Memorial Day Weekend to Honor Illinois’ Servicemembers

CHICAGO, IL - May 31, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) - Governor Pat Quinn today signed two bills into law that support Illinois’ servicemembers. The new laws increase foreclosure protections for active-duty servicemembers and expand the War on Terrorism Compensation Act, allowing more servicemembers to receive a $100 service compensation

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Study Energy Performance of State Buildings

CHICAGO, IL - May 24, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that initiates a study of the energy performance of state-owned buildings. This process sets the stage for the state to adopt more comprehensive energy efficiency benchmarks for existing state buildings.

Governor Quinn Announces Federal Stimulus Grants for Energy Efficiency and Conservation

SPRINGFIELD, IL - May 18, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- May 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the availability of $13.1 million in federal stimulus funds through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to help local governments with populations under 35,000 implement energy efficiency and conservation efforts

Governor Quinn Introduces Homeowner’s Property Tax Relief Initiative of 2010

CHICAGO, IL - May 3, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled legislation that will provide extensive and much-needed property tax relief to millions of taxpayers while also pressing for greater citizen participation and openness in the tax assessment process.

Governor Quinn Opens Illinois Warrior Summit

CHICAGO, IL - April 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today attended the third annual Illinois Warrior Summit resource fair and encouraged Illinois’ veterans to access available state and federal services. The event is a first-of-its-kind welcome home celebration for servicemembers returning from deployment and provides them with information about housing, healthcare, education, jobs and other benefits

Governor Quinn Tours University of Illinois’ Decathlon Home on Eve of Earth Day

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN - April 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- On the eve of Earth Day, Governor Pat Quinn today visited the award-winning, solar-powered Gable Home on the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus. The university came in second in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon thanks to the home’s modern design and innovative energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

Governor Quinn Launches Final Phase of Illinois’ ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program

CHICAGO, IL - April 16, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today launched the final phase of Illinois’ ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program and encouraged residents to take advantage of a 15 percent rebate on energy efficient home appliances during Earth Week.

Illinois Nursing Home Safety Task Force Issues Final Report to Governor Quinn

CHICAGO, IL - February 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The final report of the Nursing Home Safety Task Force was presented to Governor Pat Quinn today. The report details recommendations to ensure the safety of nursing home residents and build a better system of treatment for people in need of care for physical or mental illnesses, disorders or disabilities. Governor Quinn formed the Task Force in October of 2009 in response to reports of violence and unsafe, inadequate care for vulnerable nursing home residents. To read the full report, please click on the link below

Governor Quinn Announces Funding for NIU’s Cole Hall Construction, Stevens Building Renovations

DEKALB, IL - January 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Northern Illinois University (NIU) will get $8 million to renovate Cole Hall, which on Feb. 14, 2008 was the tragic scene of an unprovoked attack where five students were shot and 19 were wounded. An additional $2.3 million will be used to plan for the renovation of Stevens Building.

Governor Quinn Encourages Households to Apply for Home Heating Assistance

CHICAGO, IL - November 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today urged eligible Illinois households to apply for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The state received $174.6 million in federal funds to assist low-income families for this winter season.

Governor Quinn Recognizes Contributions of Volunteers with Governor’s Home Town Awards

SPRINGFIELD, IL - October 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today recognized hundreds of volunteers for their hard work and dedication towards improving their communities. The Governor’s Home Town Awards were given for 46 projects during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Springfield

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.


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!