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Candidate Questionnaire

Through the 2015 Justice Project: The March Continues, a non-partisan north suburban campaign for just and inclusive suburbs launched by Open Communities, we distributed a Candidate Questionnaire to all candidates running in the April 7th election for village boards or city councils.  This Questionnaire explores the thoughts of elected officials and candidates in our north suburban service area...   more >>

Successful 2015 Advocacy Campaigns

Open Communities is really proud to share the advocacy campaigns we've been involved with this year. We've had great wins for The Welcome Movement to create inclusive communities for all.  In addition to our free services, this advocacy allows more community members to be able to choose where they want to live.    What...   more >>

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Recent Blog Posts

Tips for Tenants

Oliver Jury, our Landlord-Tenant Liaison, receives an average of 47 calls per month. Here are some tips from him to help tenants to be proactive rather than reactive in their dealings with landlords: 1. Always pay your rent. At any point that rent goes unpaid, landlords have the right to issue a notice for payment. If rent is unpaid, landlords can file for possession of the unit in court. In...   more >>

Winter is Coming: Know Your Rights and Be a Good Neighbor

Please forgive our Game of Thrones reference. Winter may already be here, so it’s important to know what to do in the event you are without heat or if you have have insufficient heat.  Each community has their own timetable and rules for providing heat in rental units. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call your local municipality for support. Many municipalities...   more >>

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In the Media

Evanston Public Library plans panel, book groups for 50th anniversary of North Shore civil rights movement

By Marissa Page on May 27, 2015 The Evanston Public Library announced Tuesday its plans to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of a civil rights movement on the North Shore with a panel discussion and book groups. The North Shore Summer Project, a community movement to address housing segregation on the North Shore and compel realtors to show homes to a more diverse group of buyers, culminated...   more >>

Recap: Planning and Development Committee

By Bill Smith on May 26, 2015 - 6:55pm Here's a recap of our live coverage of this evening's Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. A packet with information on tonight's agenda items is available online. Meeting called to order at 7:19 p.m. Minutes approved. Public Comment (Several speakers on inclusionary...   more >>

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