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Builders Face Complex Chicago Zoning

Low-income housing developers vying for a share of the Chicago housing market now face what the Chicago City Council dubbed three new “Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO)” zones.

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News Bytes From Your Communities

There are few options to be found for low- and moderate-income workers hoping to live near public transportation in Chicago’s northern suburbs, according to a new report by the Winnetka, Il-based Open Communities and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The report, titled Quality of Life, Equality of

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Mayor Opposes Eminent Domain Move

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) opposes a proposal made to the City Council that would allow the city to use eminent domain to take properties at risk of foreclosure and refinance the mortgages to prevent foreclosures.

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Town Gears Up For Rental Onslaught

Communities across the nation are facing a problem that until recently primarily plagued urban areas, the supply and maintenance of rental housing and control of their health and safety features in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.

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Buffett Invests In Illinois Housing

Affordable Housing Partners, owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, will invest in a $29 million center for seniors on Medicaid in the Chicago suburb of Lansing. Affordable Housing is a subsidiary of Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway

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(HOUSING CRIME FIGHT) Rental Housing Crime Fight Launched

A two-year trial program intended to reduce crime in large apartment complexes is approved by the Batavia, IL city council. The new law requires landlords of large apartment buildings to complete a Crime Free Rental

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(HOUSING INVESTMENT) AFL-CIO Trust Invests In IL Housing

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust provides $2.1 million of union pension capital to aid the construction of 42 affordable housing units in an extensive housing development in Joliet, IL. The union's investment gets it

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(HOUSING SUBSIDIES) Chicago Mulls TIF Aid For Homeowners

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (D) crafts a plan to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to provide assistance to first time homeowners who buy vacant homes requiring substantial rehabilitation.

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(SECTION 8 STUDY) Study Seeks Sec. 8 Diversity

A study of Chicago's public housing shows tenants displaced by housing demolitions continue to live in segregated low-income neighborhoods despite possession of Sec. 8 housing vouchers subsidizing their

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(AFFORDABLE HOUSING) Chicago Stalls Affordable Housing Vote

A move by the Chicago City Council to set aside about $100 million a year to build or preserve affordable housing is placed on the legislative backburner while backers map plans to circumvent a

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