For decades, big investors profited off neglected buildings at the expense of predominantly Black neighborhoods. Now, the Community Receiver Program is working to ‘right historical wrongs’ by empowering residents to use receivership in a new way.
City Council leaders, including the housing committee chair, renewed calls for CHA officials to attend regular hearings after an Illinois Answers/Block Club investigation found the agency is sitting on hundreds of vacant homes.
The Chicago Housing Authority is supposed to provide affordable homes for those in need. But the agency has nearly 500 scattered-site units that are vacant — many causing problems for their neighbors.
City Goes After Firms That Owe $15M in Rat-related Tickets After Illinois Answers/Block Club Investigation
The debtor is a real estate empire that’s looking for a big payday by selling land for the Red Line expansion. But the city says not so fast.
“If we don’t provide real, intentional help for these social equity dreamers, we’re going to let them down as a state. All of their money will be lost,” a key lawmaker said.
CHICAGO’S RAT BATTLE
The budget boost calls for three new rat-fighting crews as Chicago continues to be the “rattiest” in America.
New York has a Rat Czar. Other cities are trying new trapping methods. But the “rattiest city in America” can’t keep up with skyrocketing…
A group of real estate companies managed by a north suburban woman has racked up hundreds of rat-related tickets on properties — many on…
SMART Boxes shock rats with electricity, collect their carcasses, then share data wirelessly with local officials.
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As independent ‘craft growers’ in Illinois struggle to secure financing for their cannabis businesses, a state-backed fund has emerged as a key lifeline.
Chicago has no way of tracking landlords, nor does it require rental units to be inspected. That was the case in Colorado’s largest city, until officials decided to do something about it.
Chicago Public Schools promised to listen to residents concerning the school location but did closed door planning for months. Appraisals for purchased land differ by millions of dollars, records show.
Two years after receiving the COVID-era funding, Chicago has been slow off the mark with some of its programs to help people experiencing homelessness.
Greising: Maintaining Chicago Police Accountability in New Contract Will Require a Tricky Legal Maneuver
Chicago police are demanding that cops facing suspensions and outright dismissals, should be able to seek arbitration rather than a public hearing.
For his first budget, Mayor Brandon Johnson seeks to preserve the progressive vision longer term while dealing with political and fiscal constraints.
With pension costs eating up 25% of the state budget, continued inaction is not an option. Here are steps Illinois can take.