Abandoned Buildings

Prison fence

Dart Expanding Program To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings With Inmate Labor

More than a year into a program to train jail inmates a useful skill while providing a service to the community, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the effort is “an outrageous success,” and is expanding.


Prison fence

Sheriff Using Inmates To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.


The Neighborhood Foundation placed decorative boards over the first-floor windows of an abandoned building in Auburn-Gresham to help spruce up the property. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Company Spruces Up Abandoned Buildings With Decorative Window Boards

A non-profit group was out again today trying to make the city better looking–one abandoned building at a time.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2013

(Credit: CBS)

Expanded Safe Passage Program To Be Ready For First Day Of School

City officials were putting the finishing touches on the new Safe Passage routes for Chicago Public Schools students, and said they’re ready for the first day of class a week from Monday.


A Roseland neighborhood building that had been gutted by fire was torn down on Feb. 27, 2013, making it the 300th abandoned structure demolished by the city of Chicago since July 2012. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio)

City Demolishes 300th Abandoned Building Since Last July

Police said abandoned buildings serve as havens for drug and gang activity.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

City Shuts Down Nearly Three Dozen Businesses Tied To Gangs

Mayor Emanuel is cracking down on crime by targeting neighborhood businesses with ties to gangs.


Abandoned Houses

Neighbors: City Doesn’t Care About Abandoned Buildings On West Side

Neighbors say the city is indifferent to a plague of abandoned buildings on the city’s West Side, including one where a woman’s body was found several days ago.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

Edward Stringer

Firefighter’s Daughter To Sue Owners Of Building Where He Died

The daughter of a fallen Chicago firefighter plans to announce on Wednesday that she’s suing the owners of the abandoned building where her father and another firefighter were killed last year.

CBS Chicago–10/18/2011

Dozens of needy families lined up at the Rev. Paul Hall's community center in Chicago on Christmas Eve for his annual holiday food drive. (Credit: CBS)

Homeless Brave Danger Out Of Desperation

Christmas Eve was a good day for Gwen Ingram. She was able to get a meal and a couple of toys at the Reverend Paul Hall’s annual holiday food drive on south Ashland.

CBS 2–12/24/2010