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by Micah Maidenberg
Wed Jan 26, 2011

Clean It Up Or Face Jail Time

Owners of dangerous vacant buildings in Chicago could face up to six months in jail for failing to properly maintain their properties, according to an ordinance that advanced out of the City Council's buildings committee yesterday and now heads to the full

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by Adam Doster
Fri Jan 21, 2011

HUD Models Illinois On LGBT Housing Rights

By the end of the year, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals won't be shut out of federal housing assistance any longer. In a move praised by gay rights groups yesterday, the U.S.

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by Micah Maidenberg
Tue Jan 18, 2011

Clinton Arrives, Bringing Endorsement & Sparking Criticism Of Emanuel

Former President Bill Clinton swung into Chicago today to endorse Rahm Emanuel's campaign for mayor. But Miguel del Valle and Gery Chico were keen to focus attention on Emanuel's tenure on Freddie Mac's board.

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by Micah Maidenberg
Fri Jan 14, 2011

Red Flag Properties Sap Neighborhoods, Cost The City

A new phrase is entering Chicago's political and housing policy lexicon: "red flag properties." The Woodstock Institute coined the term to describe the increasing number of vacant, deteriorating homes in the city that have gone into the foreclosure process but not emerged from it with any clear outcome.

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by Micah Maidenberg
Mon Jan 10, 2011

Number Of The Day: 31,702

That figure represents the population decrease between 2000 and 2009 in the number of black residents living in 17 Chicago community areas that hosted (or host today in a diminished capacity) traditional public housing buildings, according to a