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Park City names new public works building after Senator Terry Link

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:49 PM

link-parkcityAt the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city’s new public works building on October 30, it was announced that the building would be named in honor of State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan). That information came as a bit of a surprise to the senator but it was considered fitting by the town’s mayor, Steve Panell.

After a brief tour of the new facilities, which have ample room for service vehicles and a lift for vehicle repairs, Panell read a proclamation officially naming the building the “Terry Link Public Works Facility.”

“As a cost-saving measure, it is reasonable to recognize a facility to house equipment and materials will help save the Park City Department of Public Works money by maintaining its equipment,” Senator Link said. “The new facility will go a long way to ensuring more effective implementation of the public works in Park City.”

Senator Link assisted Panell and Park City in receiving the grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The previous facility did not have enough room to cover vehicles and lacked office space. Additionally, the former facility had a swinging gate that made exiting the ground difficult in the case of severe snowfall; the new facility has a sliding unit that will provide a much easier departure in such events.

The original building held about 1,000 square feet. That amount has been increased nearly five-fold to 4,800 square feet. The former facility will continue to be used by the department for storage.

Mulroe to host Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 04:19 PM

p-mulroeSenator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) will be co-hosting a foreclosure prevention workshop Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Atrium at Wright College in Chicago (4300 N Narragansett, Chicago, IL 60634).  He will be joined by State Representatives McAuliffe and Martwick and 38th Ward Alderman Cullerton in hosting the event.   

“I am pleased to continue to provide foreclosure prevention services to residents of the 10th district,” said Sen. Mulroe.  “The recession has affected everyone and it is important for people to get the information needed to help keep them in their homes during these difficult times.”

This free workshop is nearly the 60th of its kind to be held throughout Illinois since 2009 as an initiative of The Mortgage Relief Project (MRP).  MRP is a part of the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network and is dedicated to providing information and resources that can help homeowners take advantage of programs to lower their mortgages, avoid foreclosure and keep their homes.  MRP also provides information on legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. In addition, homeowners can also take advantage of private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors during the workshop.

“The foreclosure process can be intimidating,” Mulroe said. “These events allow homeowners to meet with teams of staff members from major lenders who can answer their questions and help take the fear and frustration out of the process.”

Homeowners interested in attending the event should bring the following documentation in order for IMRP to best serve them:

  • Mortgage statement
  • 2010 and 2011 W-2 and tax returns with all schedules
  • copy of rental agreement, if necessary
  • two months of recent paystubs
  • budget of household expenses
  • documentation of other income
  • two months of recent bank statements
  • recent utility bill
  • profit/loss, if self-employed (last six months)

To register for the event, for more information or to receive immediate assistance in advance of the event, please call IDFPR's toll-free consumer hotline 800-532-8785 during regular business hours or visit www.idfpr.com or www.ihda.org.

Raoul voting rights amendment approved

Published: Friday, November 07, 2014 03:15 PM

raoul-votrightsSenator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) released the following statement about this week's approval of a measure to amend the Illinois Constitution to address voting rights:

“On November 4, the people of Illinois took democratic action to safeguard their most basic right – the right to vote,” Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) said.  “History has sided time and again with advancing civil rights, and this constitutional amendment will prevent any law, policy or action from impinging upon our freedoms. No law is welcome in Illinois that threatens the liberties of its citizens.”

Steans applauds crime victims' rights amendment approval

Published: Friday, November 07, 2014 11:26 AM

Steans-MarsysThis week 77 percent of Illinois voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to increase the rights of crime victims. Senator Heather Steans (Chicago) sponsored the measure known as Marsy’s Law to provide more information and a greater voice in court actions for victims of crime.

Sen. Steans released the following statement today:

“The people of Illinois understand that crime victims deserve greater rights, privacy and more information during the difficult process of hearings, sentencing, penalties and release of the perpetrators. Victims and their families have worked tirelessly to provide better resolution and justice, and I am grateful to Attorney General Lisa Madigan for her support in getting this measure to the ballot. Illinoisans’ overwhelming support for this amendment will benefit victims and improve our constitution for our state’s future.”

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