R. Kelly Asks Judge To Lift Time Limit On Use Of Recording Studio; City Says It's Still Being Used As ResidenceCity attorneys said Thursday it appears singer R. Kelly’s recording studio on the Near West Side is still being used as a home, in violation of zoning laws.
Judge Closes Second Floor Of R. Kelly's Studio After Inspectors Find Faulty Stairs, Illegal Use As ResidenceThe second floor of the Near West Side warehouse R. Kelly uses as a recording studio is now off-limits, and the rest of the building can only be used between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., after city inspectors found a bevy of building code violations last week.
City Inspectors Visit R. Kelly's Recording Studio To Investigate Alleged Code ViolationsCity building inspectors will visit R. Kelly’s recording studio on the Near West Side on Wednesday, to investigate complaints someone has been living there in violation of zoning laws.
Judge Grants City Access To Warehouse Rented By R. Kelly, Amid Claims Of Illegal Use As ResidenceA Cook County judge has granted city officials access to a Near West Side warehouse rented by singer R. Kelly, to investigate complaints people have been living there in violation of zoning laws, and that a kitchen and recording studio were built without proper permits.
Little Village Homeowner Cited With 40+ Violations, Mother Of One Fire Victim Speaks OutCity building inspectors are going after the owner of the Little Village home where a fire killed ten children last Sunday, hitting him with more than 40 violations at his property.
Crumbling Apartment Resident: 'I Didn't Know If The Building Would Collapse'The property owner was in court for numerous violations.
City Gets Tough On Shoddy Contractors After Firefighter’s DeathBuilding contractors who do unauthorized or shoddy work would face progressive discipline — ranging from a freeze on permits to license suspension or revocation — under a mayoral crackdown to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that killed a 42-year-old Chicago firefighter.
Washington Park Veterans Center Must Fix Code Violations To Stay OpenVolunteer assistant general manager Krystal Burns said the RTW Veteran Center must correct more than 32 city code violations, or risk shutting down. She believes RTW needs about $32,000 to fix the violations and keep the center running.
Cicero Calls Church "Safety Nightmare," Pastor Accuses Town Of RacismThe pastor of a Cicero church is accusing town officials of racism, after they threatened to board up his church if myriad code violations are not addressed by Saturday night.
Activists Reach Out To Help Tenants Of "Problem Landlords"Tenants in some West Side apartment buildings in need of repairs have received help from activists trying to make a better quality of life, but even the activists acknowledge some landlords have little incentive to fix up their buildings.
City Publishes List Of "Problem Landlords"Four months after four children died in a house fire in Roseland, city officials were cracking down on landlords who routinely violate Chicago building codes.