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by Ellyn Fortino
3:47pm
Fri Oct 16, 2015

Chicago Seniors Sue Landlord Over Plan To Sell Affordable Housing Properties

Chicago seniors living in three affordable housing buildings sued their landlord Presbyterian Homes on Friday over its plan to sell the properties and force out residents next year.

Residents of the three subsidized-rent senior apartment buildings, operated by Evanston-based Presbyterian Homes, filed a class action lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court in an effort to prevent their "lifetime leases" at the properties from being broken.

Over 100 residents at the three independent living facilities on Chicago's North Side -- Crowder Place, Devon Place and Mulvey Place, which are known collectively as the Neighborhood Homes -- were notified by Presbyterian Homes in mid-August that the buildings would be sold, reportedly to a market-rate developer, due to financial reasons and residents would have to move out by November 2016. 

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by La Risa Lynch
2:13pm
Mon Jun 15, 2015

Cook Co. Commissioner Pushes Plan To Reduce Chicago Gun Violence

Aspects of Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin's 7-point plan to curb gun violence received mixed reactions at a summit the West Side politician held Saturday. The most contorversial part of the plan involves charging individuals who commit gun crimes as domestic terrorists.

The summit, held at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, was attended by city and county officials as well as academics and community activists. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were invited to the summit, but did not make an appearance. Boykin says the purpose of the summit was "to put meat on the bones" of his plan.

Boykin unveiled the gun violence prevention plan in May after he became concerned about the increasing number of shootings in his West Side district. Since the plan's release, Boykin has come under fire for the concept of charging individuals that shoot a gun, and their accomplices, as domestic terrorists. Boykin did not escape that criticism at Saturday's summit.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:25pm
Tue Jun 10, 2014

Cook County Employees Hit The Picket Line To Demand 'Fair' Contract (VIDEO)

Dozens of frontline employees at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building in Chicago hit the picket lines during their lunch break Tuesday, demanding that county officials shore up ongoing negotiations and sign a 'fair' contract with their union, AFSCME Council 31.

The protest outside of the criminal courthouse at 26th St. and California Ave. was one of 14 worksite pickets held by Cook County workers today to call for a new contract that includes fair wages and affordable health insurance. Demonstrations also took place at suburban Cook County courthouses as well as the Juvenile Court Building and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, among other locations.

"We want what everybody else wants. We want fair wages, affordable health care and we want respect on the job," said Steve Ramsey, 35, an investigator with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. "This administration has failed to come to the table and offer any of that to us."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:09am
Mon Apr 14, 2014

ACLU's Lawsuit Alleging Chicago 911 Dispatch Disparities Moves Forward

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois against the city of Chicago alleging discriminatory police deployment practices moved forward last week after a circuit court judge granted the plaintiffs' motion for discovery in the case. Progress Illinois takes a look at the case and newly-released figures on police dispatch times across the city.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
11:13am
Wed Sep 4, 2013

Elwood Takes Legal Action Against CenterPoint Over Prevailing Wage Dispute

The Village of Elwood wants CenterPoint Properties Trust to prove that it is complying with the state’s prevailing wage laws as part of a heavily-subsidized tax increment financing (TIF) agreement to construct a massive multi-use industrial park in Will County.

Elwood officials filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court August 28 asking that a judge require the Oakbrook-based real estate developer to hand over records that would show workers at the Deer Run Industrial Park redevelopment site have been paid according to state law.

According to Elwood’s complaint, CenterPoint has refused to provide any payroll documents to the village that would confirm that the company is adhering to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, which requires a minimum wage and benefits threshold for workers associated with publicly-financed projects. Under state law, developers of taxpayer-subsidized projects are required to keep such compliance records.

“We find it troubling that CenterPoint refuses to hand over public documents that would reveal if prevailing wage laws have been violated,” Elwood Mayor William Offerman said in a statement. “Because taxpayer dollars and public records are at issue, the village has a duty and obligation to ensure that prevailing wage statutes are enforced and that local workers are getting paid what they deserve and what is required by law.”

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