Back to the Drawing Board By Shawn Jones A renewal of the Cityâ€™s failed effort to license landlords and rental units met overwhelming opposition from the landlord community on March 14 at City Council. Rather than attempt to amend the ordinances, Council voted instead to form a subcommittee to review
Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) attends a City Council meeting. Rainey and two other city officials hosted a meeting discussing two ordinances that were introduced about problems in Evanston rental housing. By Robin Opsahl While city officials try to increase accountability and decrease crime in Evanston housing through two new ordinances
By Shawn Jones Council approved a contract renewal with Open Communities to provide â€œtenant/landlord services to Evanston residents and property ownersâ€ per the staff memo. The City pays $37,500 for this service, paid out of the Affordable Housing Fund collected from developers in lieu of affordable housing units. Open Communities
On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in conjunction with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Open Communities released Reducing the Cost of Crime Free: Alternative Strategies to Crime Free/Nuisance Property Ordinances in Illinois. Throughout Illinois and across the nation, communities have created crime free/nuisance property ordinances that potentially harm
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