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Chicago Vacant Buildings

Struggling Chicago-area Homeowners Still Need Help, Despite Some Positive Signs

Dory Rand | Posted 10.16.2013 | Chicago
Dory Rand

It's too soon to break out the champagne. It seems unlikely that the foreclosure crisis over when more than a third of Chicago region homes are underwater and unemployment remains persistently high.

City Targets Businesses That Harbor Crime As Gun Violence Continues

Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago

Following a weekend where 20 people were shot, none fatally, in Chicago, the city announced the names of 37 "problem" businesses that they say help br...

Report: Vacant Buildings Ordinance Nets City $600K In Bank Fines

Posted 05.03.2012 | Chicago

An ordinance approved last fall by the Chicago City Council that required financial institutions to maintain and secure foreclosed, vacant homes in th...

The Chicago Region's Vacant Property Problem: A Data Snapshot

Dory Rand | Posted 03.25.2012 | Chicago
Dory Rand

Just how serious is the vacant property problem in the Chicago region? A look at the data can give us a sense of the scope of the challenges our communities face.

Building Owner Faces Contempt Charges After Firefighters' Deaths

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

Charges were filed Wednesday against the owner of a vacant building that collapsed one year ago and killed two Chicago firefighters. Chuck Dai, of ...

Feds Defend Mortgage Giants In Suit Against Chicago

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 12.15.2011 | Chicago

This summer, residents and community organizers called on Chicago's City Council to do something about the vacant, foreclosed properties that were bec...

Can Emanuel Plan Help Chicago Communities Torn Apart By Foreclosures?

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

A new recovery program will rely on community groups to identify viable foreclosed properties in nine Chicago neighborhoods hard-hit by the foreclosur...

Will Guzzardi

'Banks Got Bailed Out, We Got Sold Out' | Will Guzzardi | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

Marsha Godard is an outspoken, 52-year-old woman from the Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago's West Side and a customer at Bank of America. On the morni...