Illinois EPA Announces Community Water Supply Testing Program

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett announced the Agency is offering drinking water testing services for Community Water Supplies for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Through the Illinois EPA Community Water Supply Testing Program, water systems can elect to participate in the program for one complete fiscal year.

Governor Quinn Announces Major Home Loan Program for First-Time Buyers in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - April 2, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced his new Welcome Home Illinois loan program to help make homeownership a reality for Illinois’ first-time home buyers. The program provides $7,500 in down-payment assistance with an interest rate as low as 3.99 percent for a secure, 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois

Governor Quinn Announces Major Progress Helping Families Stay in Their Homes Through Hardest Hit...

CHICAGO, IL - July 22, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Department of the Treasury officials to announce the success of his Illinois Hardest Hit Program and urge homeowners to apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage payment assistance by Sept. 30 when the program ends. Since taking office in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, Governor Quinn has worked hard to keep Illinois families in their homes. In the last year, properties in foreclosure have dropped to 73,688, a nearly 29 percent decrease from last year, and the downward trend continues in Illinois

Quigley: T-HUD Appropriations Bill Drastically Cuts Critical Infrastructure and Housing Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 21, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement in response to yesterday’s T-HUD Appropriations subcommittee markup of the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill

Governor Quinn Announces Federal $12 Million HUD Award to Advance Supportive Housing Efforts in...

CHICAGO, IL - February 12, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to announce an $11.98 million award that will strengthen Illinois’ efforts to allow people with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choice. The award will make up to 825 apartments affordable for people who have special needs, and are in financial need, across the state. HUD officials awarded the grant under the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program.

State Housing Agency Announces Two Rounds of Counseling Funding to Protect Homeowners

CHICAGO, IL - December 5, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- To continue Governor Pat Quinn’s commitment to make FREE foreclosure prevention and homeownership counseling available across the state, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced two new rounds of funding are available to enable community-based organizations to provide housing counseling to more families to protect their homes from foreclosure

Illinois Hardest Hit Program Helps 5,000th Homeowner Protect Home from Foreclosure

CHICAGO, IL - October 29, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- When James Thomas Henry lost his job a year after buying a new townhouse, the suburban Bloomingdale resident feared he might also lose his home because he wouldn’t be able to make his mortgage payments.

Governor Quinn Announces Start of LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program

CHICAGO, IL - July 11, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- July 10, 2012. In an effort to provide relief to residents facing high energy bills in the wake of the recent heat wave, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that applications will be accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning July 11. Through LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of households with incomes of up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level

$1.4M to Fund Free Counseling for IL Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

CHICAGO, IL - May 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- A new round of more than $1.4 million in federal grant money will enable thousands of homeowners across Illinois to receive free foreclosure counseling, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) announced today.

Senator Roland Burris Announces Recovery Act Funding to Chicago for Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- United States Senator Roland W. Burris today announced that $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Department of Energy will be awarded to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for energy efficiency building retrofits.

State Announces Approval of 18 New Supportive Living Facilities in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL - February 10, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today announced the approval of 18 new Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs) in Illinois. The state’s Supportive Living Program offers an alternative to nursing home care for low income seniors, and people with physical disabilities

State Regulators Announce Early Results from Sex Offender Match Program

CHICAGO, IL - January 27, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today announced it had indefinitely suspended the licenses of Edward Kent, a Real Estate Broker and Associate Appraiser who had been convicted of a crime that caused his name to be placed in the Illinois Sex Offender Database. After receiving a complaint about Mr. Kent, the Department undertook to compare its more than one million licensees against that database.

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).

State Funding to Help Persons with Disabilities Stay in Their Own Homes

Home Modification Grants Enable IL Residents to Maintain Indepence. CHICAGO, IL - September 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Low-income seniors and residents with disabilities in Illinois can continue to live independently and with family under a new round of $2.2 million in state funding through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). Families and individuals with special needs can apply for Home Modification Program grant money to install ramps, chair lifts, wider doors and other accessible improvements to their homes

Governor Quinn Announces Outreach Event to Help Struggling Homeowners Homeowners can apply onsite...

CHICAGO, IL - August 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- August 15, 2009. In an effort to help struggling homeowners, Governor Pat Quinn today announced an outreach program to give Chicago area homeowners face-to-face guidance when applying for lower mortgage payments through President Obama’s Making Home Affordable Program.


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!