Cook County announces effort to combat expected wave of evictions, foreclosures

“A wave is on the horizon here in Cook County and across the country,” Preckwinkle said, and “the heaviest burden will fall on the most vulnerable among us, Black and Brown residents. This is unacceptable.” 

Along with representatives of the Cook County Board, Chicago City Hall and the Circuit Court of Cook County, Preckwinkle unveiled an initiative called Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt, or CLAAHD, a county-wide effort to help people deal with eviction, foreclosure, tax debt and property deed issues. 

Its initial funding is $1 million from the county’s share of CARES Act funding, but Preckwinkle said she expects the programs to last well beyond the use of that money and called on Congress to provide more aid. 

The aim is to prevent widespread displacement from housing due to “a crisis that none of us expected,” said Alma Anya, commissioner of Cook County’s Seventh District, on

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Real Estate Developer Tishman Speyer Lends its Technical Expertise in Citywide Effort to Improve Air Ventilation in Schools

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The United Federation of Teachers has teamed up with leading real estate developer and owner Tishman Speyer to assist with air ventilation solutions in New York City public schools.  Over the past several weeks, Tishman Speyer has worked on a pro bono basis, in close collaboration with the UFT, Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to improve ventilation solutions and source more than 100,000 MERV-13 filters for New York City public schools.

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‘Last-ditch’ effort made to extend eviction, foreclosure moratorium before it expires dies in Legislature

Theatrics outside a courthouse, calls from the federal delegation and a last-ditch legislative Hail Mary weren’t enough to bring lawmakers back to the State House to act on a bill to extend an eviction and foreclosure ban set to expire on Saturday.



a group of people lying on the ground: BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 15: Protesters lay down during a rally to prevent Massachusetts evictions in front of Boston Housing Court on October 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA. – OCTOBER 15: Protesters lay down during a rally to prevent Massachusetts evictions in front of Boston Housing Court on October 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

“This was a last-ditch effort … but it’s disappointing,” state Rep. Mike Connolly said after lawmakers — by their inaction — decided to allow the clock on the moratorium to run out.

The Cambridge Democrat was able to get a bill to extend the temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures passed in the House, but it didn’t vote until the Senate had already adjourned for the weekend.

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‘Last-ditch’ effort to extend eviction, foreclosure moratorium before it expires dies in Legislature

Theatrics outside a courthouse, calls from the federal delegation and a last-ditch legislative Hail Mary weren’t enough to bring lawmakers back to the State House to act on a bill to extend an eviction and foreclosure ban set to expire on Saturday.

“This was a last-ditch effort … but it’s disappointing,” state Rep. Mike Connolly said after lawmakers — by their inaction — decided to allow the clock on the moratorium to run out.

The Cambridge Democrat was able to get a bill to extend the temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures passed in the House, but it didn’t vote until the Senate had already adjourned for the weekend. Connolly’s bill sought to circumvent the typical process and trigger an immediate floor vote — something that required approval by both houses.

State Sen. Pat Jehlen, who is sponsoring twin legislation in the Senate, said housing advocates’ last hope now lies

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