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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Rosemoor Hotel owner – luxury auto dealer Joe Perillo – ordered to pay tenants $3,000 each for move

By Mark Brown, columnist A group of SRO tenants who probably couldn’t afford to buy a late-model Chevy if they pooled their money taught luxury auto dealer Joe Perillo a lesson Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. In the process, they learned something about themselves. It was a beautiful thing to see. The 15 or…

» Read More Milshire Hotel eyed by Fishman, but SRO ordinance could give non-profit edge

By Darryl Holliday LOGAN SQUARE — As the city moves to keep single room occupancy housing available to low-income residents, a nonprofit group is going up against a prominent Logan Square landlord in a bid to buy the embattled Milshire Hotel. Low-income residents of the Milshire, 2525 N. Milwaukee Ave., were asked to leave in late May…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Judge declares residential hotel a fire hazard, tenants ordered to leave in 24 hours

By Mark Brown, columnist A Near West Side residential hotel undergoing renovation must be vacated by noon Thursday under an emergency order from a Cook County judge who declared it a fire hazard. Monday’s ruling by Circuit Court Judge Edward Harmening left the 19 remaining residents of the Rosemoor Hotel, 1622 W. Jackson, scrambling for…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Fighting homelessness with diplomacy

Chicago Street Team Ambassadors Jonathan Boyden and Dominique Mitchell visit with State Street panhandler Larry Dorsey. Story and photo by Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist In their lime green polo shirts, khaki pants and ball caps, the Street Team Ambassadors might look like they ought to be working the parking lots at Disney World. But…

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Illinois Issues: Just a dollar – not since 2009 has the state allocated funds for homeless education

September 2014 monthly issue of Illinois Issues By Maureen Foertsch McKinney For Kaleyah Wesley, thoughts of her family’s life in a Chicago homeless shelter made it difficult to focus on school, particularly in math, the subject she found hardest. The then-sixth-grader woke at 5 a.m. on weekdays to take a pair of trains from the…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago SRO ordinance – help the poor or write a big check

Editor’s Note: CCH is a partner in the Chicago For All coalition advocating with the city for the SRO preservation ordinance. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Business Reporter Chicago’s efforts to preserve single-room-occupancy hotels could force existing building owners, as well as buyers, to follow a lengthy and potentially expensive list of mandates that includes giving…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: SRO owners say city’s attempt to help will actually hurt

Editor’s Note: CCH is a partner in the Chicago For All coalition that is advocating with the city for an SRO preservation ordinance being introduced in the Chicago City Council on Sept. 10. By Mark Brown, columnist Owners of Chicago’s endangered single-room occupancy buildings and residential hotels went on the offensive Monday, arguing a city…

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Equal Voice News: Number of new voters doubles in Chicago outreach effort

Click on this link to access the article at the online Equal Voice News. So what’s motivating people to register to vote in Chicago these days and to do so in such large numbers that a community group has doubled its amount of people ready to cast ballots? – See more at:

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Equal Voice News: CCH leader Gloria Davis – A mom who backs employers with a heart

Use this link to access the profile of CCH’s Gloria Davis on the online newspaper Equal Voice News. Name: Gloria Davis Home city: Chicago Organization affiliation: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless What kind of work do you do? “For the past six months, I have worked day labor at a meat-packing plant. I averaged 32 hours a…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Future of affordable housing unclear after SRO tenant deals

By Mark Brown, columnist In a bid to preserve his home in Logan Square’s bug-infested Milshire Hotel, Fred Bartels testified before the City Council just last month in favor of a city moratorium on converting or demolishing single-room occupancy and residential hotels. On Friday, Bartels was making plans for what he could do with the…

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