Two Men Charged With Robbing, Raping EscortsBail was denied on Tuesday for two men charged with calling escorts to arrange meetings in vacant buildings, where they sexually assaulted the women and robbed them at gunpoint.
Emanuel Names Panel To Decide Fate Of Shuttered School BuildingsMayor Rahm Emanuel is appointing an advisory committee to decide what to do with nearly 50 shuttered Chicago Public Schools that residents fear could be turned into charter schools, or sit vacant and become magnets for crime.
Housing Advocates Want Banks To Reimburse Renters Kicked Out Due To ForeclosureHousing advocates have thrown their support behind an ordinance introduced to the Chicago City Council, saying it could help renters and keep neighborhoods safer.
City Demolishes 300th Abandoned Building Since Last JulyPolice said abandoned buildings serve as havens for drug and gang activity.
Aldermen Backing Ordinance To Protect Renters After ForeclosuresSeveral aldermen have joined community activists in calling for passage of a measure designed to prevent more buildings from becoming vacant.
Parents: Guards At Vacant Buildings Will Keep Kids SaferIt seems parents are in favor of an idea that will be proposed this week in the City Council, to make it safer for children to walk to their neighborhood schools.
Protesters: Chase Should Secure Vacant Buildings Before School StartsBig banks in Chicago are being urged to be more careful with vacant buildings they take back in foreclosure suits. As Chicago Public Schools get ready to open next week, a local group called Action Now wants to make sure vacant homes near schools are cleaned up and safe.
Ordinance Holds Banks Responsible For Maintaining Vacant BuildingsThe City Council on Thursday passed an ordinance that holds banks responsible for maintaining properties once they have foreclosed upon them and left them vacant.
Emanuel Backs Ordinance Requiring Upkeep Of Vacant BuildingsMayor 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.