There are now four lawsuits naming the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a defendant and 33 months left in the state’s pilot program, which has been troubled by questions about background checks and how the government selected businesses.
Seven months after a rare November tornado tore through downstate Washington, destroying or damaging more than 1,100 homes and claiming three lives, residents have taken some significant steps to rebuilding their town.
With a long, harsh winter finally over, residents in downstate Washington have resumed the rebuilding process in earnest, nearly five months after the town was devastated by a tornado.
Effective the first business day of the year, the Chicago Department of Buildings will begin requiring a 50 percent fee with all building permit applications.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced new measures to make the process of getting a building permit more efficient.