Local News  Landlords ignore orders to fix hazardous porches
By: John Bebow and Kathryn Masterson, Tribune staff reporters. Tribune staff reporter Antonio Olivo contributed to this report.
The Chicago Tribune (June 27, 2005)


"Two years after a fatal porch collapse in Lincoln Park prompted a citywide inspection sweep, about half the structures that failed still don't have the permits required for proper repairs.

In the wake of the late-night porch collapse that killed 13 people and injured dozens more in June 2003, hundreds of people called in complaints about other shaky porches.

The city ended up suing the owners of more than 500 other porches that were found to be hazardous."

An analysis in 2004 click here for more on this story


Local News  Survey faults county courts' handling of eviction
APARTMENT WATCH BY ED SACKS 
The Chicago Sun Times (01/25/04) 


There are "problematic trends" in the Cook County eviction courts, concludes a joint report from the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, a Chicago non-profit legal services agency, and a survey team from Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

The report, "No Time for Justice," claims that typical eviction hearings last less than two minutes, that less than 5 percent of tenants have a lawyer, that judges ignore the basic procedural requirements for a hearing and that tenants are unable to effectively use tenants' rights laws. It also reports that almost half the tenants click here for more on this story


Local News  Knowledge base
Tenant agency focuses on legal plights and rights 
By Katherine Sopranos 
The Chicago Tribune (February 19, 1999) 


Your Place recently sat down with Douglas Pensack, associate director of the Illinois Tenants Union, to discuss the agency's role, its concerns and its efforts to help Chicago-area tenants. 

The Illinois Tenants Union is a private, nonprofit agency with a mission to help tenants to exercise their legal rights under city, village and state landlord-tenant laws, such as Chicago's Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. 

Q. When was ITU founded? 

A. ITU was founded in 1988 by my brother, Michael Pensack, who's the executive director. click here for more on this story






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