Governor Quinn Highlights State’s Efforts to Increase Affordable Housing Options

CHICAGO, IL - October 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today commended Illinois’ housing leaders at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing for their efforts in charting a course to further Illinois’ economic recovery. Governor Quinn highlighted the state’s dedication to affordable housing, including community stabilization, supportive housing to end homelessness, affordable homeownership programs and green building.

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

Governor Quinn Honors Work of Volunteers With Governor’s Home Town Awards Assistance Center in...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - October 13, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced 26 projects as 2010 Governor’s Home Town Award recipients. The awards recognize the contributions of thousands of Illinois’ volunteers for their hard work and dedication towards improving their communities

Governor Quinn proclaims September as Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL - September 10, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed September is Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois. Since 2000, nationally there have been 71 fatal off-campus fires that have claimed the lives of 102 students, plus many more that were injured, according to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM)

Governor Quinn Announces $2.4 Million Capital Project at Quincy Veterans’ Home

QUINCY - September 6, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced the awarding of contracts for a $2.4 million construction project at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy, the latest work to begin under the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program

Statement from Governor Quinn on Increased Federal Foreclosure Prevention Efforts

CHICAGO, IL - August 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement praising the Obama Administration’s announcement of additional support to “Hardest Hit” states with high unemployment to assist in foreclosure prevention. The U.S. Department of the Treasury will make $2 billion of additional assistance available to unemployed homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments. Illinois is eligible to receive more than $166 million in federal funding to help unemployed homeowners having trouble making mortgage payments

Governor Quinn Announces Illinois a Top Green Power-Purchasing State

U.S. EPA Ranks Illinois as Second-Highest Green Power Purchasing State CHICAGO, IL - August 5, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced that, for the first time ever, Illinois is ranked on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the nation’s 50 largest green power purchasers. Illinois ranked 23 overall and second among state governments listed

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Spur Construction of Affordable Housing, Job Creation

CHICAGO, IL - August 3, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will boost affordable housing development across Illinois. Governor Quinn also signed a bill into law that will for the first time create funding to protect Illinois homeowners from foreclosure, and help stabilize communities throughout the state

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Fire Safety throughout Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, IL - July 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that requires fraternity and sorority housing in Illinois to install automatic fire sprinkler systems. Governor Quinn also highlighted a new law that requires housing units in Illinois to have a backup power supply for all smoke detectors that are wired to a building’s electrical supply.

Quinn Administration Breaks Ground on Stimulus-funded Housing for Families with Special Needs

ROCK ISLAND, IL Work Begins on Rock Island Development On behalf of the administration of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) officials today celebrated the groundbreaking of new federal stimulus-funded affordable rental housing to serve Rock Island families with special needs.

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Homeowners

SPRINGFIELD, IL - July 13, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- July 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two bills into law that will protect consumers from deceptive home repair and remodeling practices. Senate Bill 3645 and Senate Bill 2540 protect homeowners and individuals who have disabilities from fraudulent home repair projects

Governor Quinn Secures SBA Disaster Assistance to Help Communities Affected by June 5 Tornadoes

SPRINGFIELD, IL - July 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state’s request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration has been granted for several counties in north central Illinois that were hit by tornadoes on June 5. The declaration will make low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses in the primary counties of LaSalle, Livingston and Peoria, as well as 15 contiguous counties, including Kankakee and Putnam

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)


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!