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Take opportunity to make Illinois a true innovator
It's been about five months since federal stimulus dollars were dispersed, and everyone's analyzing whether the funding is creating enough — and the right — jobs. Recovery funding was intended to boost a weak market, so counting jobs is one measure of success. But the American Recovery…
South 'burbs show how it's done
Around here, towns don't usually work together. They tend to compete -- for the Wal-Mart, for highway interchanges, for federal dollars. You name it, they fight over it. Towns working together? That is the kind of thing you would expect out in California -- a bunch of free spirits holding…
South suburbs honored for housing collaboration
In January, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association invited its member communities to discuss a novel approach to housing issues -- municipal cooperation. At the end of that meeting, approximately 20 towns signed up to explore this idea a little further. Just five months later, the…
Five cool things Chicago has done to make housing better
While you sit at your computer reading this most-excellent blog, housing experts and policy wonks from across the nation are sitting in the Palmer House Hilton, wearing nametags and collecting swag from a conference called Solutions for Working Families, put on by the National Housing Conference…
A helping hand
Tara Morin and Coleman Hillstrom are refinishing the woodwork after discarding the green shag carpeting and re-tiling the bathroom in their one-bedroom condo. Morin, like many first-time buyers, had cobbled together savings and gifts from parents last year to buy the unit near the home of…
Communities working together to address foreclosure crisis
When a family loses its home to foreclosure, the entire community feels the ripple effects. A sudden change in address may rip a child from his classroom mid-year. Local employers may be involved, perhaps because a recent layoff caused the family to miss a mortgage payment, or because time off work…
Mayor pushes employer-assisted housing
Hey, boss, can you help me buy a house? That would be an oft-heard question in city workplaces if Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has his way, and employers got back into the business of helping their employees to buy homes. He's not looking for a return to the days when the mills built row…
Pittsburgh pushes employers to help with employee housing
Looking for another means of keeping people in Pittsburgh, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is hosting a series of meetings today aimed at getting employers to help their workers to buy homes. At the morning meeting -- the first of three -- Mr. Ravenstahl called the local economy "very resilient" in the face…
Communities working together to address foreclosure crisis
When a family loses its home to foreclosure, the entire community feels the ripple effects. A sudden change in address may rip a child from his classroom mid-year. Local employers may be involved, perhaps because a recent layoff caused the family to miss a mortgage payment, or because time off work…
A bright shoe store helps lead West Haven's recovery
Chicago’s West Haven neighborhood historically has been among the city’s more deprived. It was known for the massive destruction and divestment caused by the 1968 riots over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and for dreary public housing. However, the square-mile…

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