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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

Wilmette plan commission deadlocks on 611 Green Bay Road project

By Kathy Routliffe, April 14, 2015 While some Wilmette officials have enthusiastically endorsed the much-touted luxury apartment-retail complex M&R Development wants to build at the former 611 Green Bay Road property, not everyone shares that enthusiasm. Village plan commission members, meeting April 8 to complete their review of M&R's request for planned unit development approval, instead deadlocked...   more >>

Highland Park assesses landlord accountability program

By Greg Trotter, Chicago Tribune From the ashes of a December 2013 house fire that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition emerged Highland Park's rental registration program, a formal attempt to hold landlords accountable for safe living conditions. Now almost one year in, Highland Park's fledgling program is working as intended and yielding positive results, officials say, by ensuring...   more >>

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