A day before the first set of school closings was set to begin, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had some harsh words about how the Chicago Public Schools are funded and managed, blaming much of the district’s problems on racism.
Several aldermen have joined community activists in calling for passage of a measure designed to prevent more buildings from becoming vacant.
Jim McClelland’s company has bought more than 1,000 foreclosed houses, renovated them and rented them out to new tenants.
New figures show October home foreclosures up nearly 20 percent in Illinois, compared with a year ago.
It’s taking longer than ever for Chicago area lenders to work through the state’s backlog of home foreclosures.
The state of Illinois now claims an unenviable distinction – it now leads the nation in home foreclosures.
With just four days to go before the NATO Summit, protesters have already been making their presence known for three days.
In Chicago, 97,000 homes were foreclosed last year – the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Statewide, more than 103,000 homes had a foreclosure filing in 2011, the eighth-highest rate in the country.
Home foreclosures in Illinois were down last month compared with January, but up significantly from the year before.
Illinois has found its way onto the list of the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rates.
Chicago-born singer R-Kelly’s suburban home is on the market following a foreclosure suit this summer.
Illinois home foreclosure activity rose 9.7 percent in October compared to the previous month.
The latest figures from RealtyTrac show that in Illinois and nationwide, foreclosed homes now account for about a third of all home sales.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has revealed the second phase of the city’s assault on the home foreclosure crisis. First, Emanuel pushed through an ordinance making banks responsible for maintaining foreclosed properties. On Wednesday, he unveiled a strategy to keep those homes occupied.
A new Chicago law is supposed to force banks to secure and maintain buildings the day foreclosure papers are filed. A Chicago organization is focusing on a major financial institution, CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov reports.
The City Council on Thursday passed an ordinance that holds banks responsible for maintaining properties once they have foreclosed upon them and left them vacant.
Community and government leaders and others are holding a summit meeting today on the foreclosure crisis in the Chicago area.
Home foreclosures in Illinois and nationally dropped nearly 30 percent in the first half of this year. But the experts say it’s not because of an improving housing market.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday threw his support behind a long-stalled measure that would force banks and other lenders to maintain the properties on which they foreclose.
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