Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced an agreement to the Cook County Board of Commissioners between the County and the Village of Oak Lawn to participate in the County’s Vacant Building Ordinance.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to take the first steps towards establishing a land bank to help return vacant, blighted homes back to productive use.
Municipalities encouraged to attend workshop on Cook County Vacant Building Ordinance (City of Chicago, Downtown)
You are cordially invited to a workshop, hosted by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and Dept. of Building and Zoning, to explain the recently passed Vacant Building Ordinance and how it can help your municipality. As you may be aware, the ordinance allows interested municipal governments to "opt-in," with the goal of creating a uniform set of guidelines for maintaining and securing vacant properties throughout Cook County. Read more »
Suburban Cook County Multifamily Preservation Initiative aligns incentives of developers, owners of rental housing
The Suburban Cook County Multifamily Preservation Initiative (SCCMPI) is a new financing program created to encourage the rehabilitation and preservation of quality rental housing throughout suburban Cook County for municipalities and jurisdictions participating (currently or potentially) in the Cook County HOME Collaborative.
The Circuit Court of Cook County announced on April 20, 2010 the launch of a court-based mediation program for foreclosure cases filed in Cook County in response to the increasingly rising foreclosure rate. Plaintiffs filing residential foreclosures after April 12, 2010 must notify homeowners in the summons about their option to pursue mediation.
The Circuit Court of Cook County has created the Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program to assist homeowners who have received a foreclosure summons from the Court. Funded by the Cook County Board, the Program was established in response to the recent economic recession and related mortgage crisis as an effort to help families in foreclosure throughout Cook County.
On November 19th, 2009, The Cook County Board passed a $3.5 million budget amendment that funds outreach and a court mediation program for foreclosure victims. The court mediation program is based on a successful Foreclosure Mediation Program in Philadelphia. It is now possible for any defendant or plaintiff in a foreclosure case to request mediation.