Monday, August 24, 2015

Back in 2007 or 2008, I was a guest on "Up Front" with the Reverend Jesse Jackson.  The topic of the show was the looming foreclosure crisis.  He suggested that a "Million Homeowner March," on Washington, D.C. was necessary.  I told him that was pointless because the real power wasn't in Washington; it was in New York City and other places far removed from the Mall.  I wish I had been wrong.  Virtually nothing was done to help millions of struggling homeowners.    

03-04-2008 Homeowner Angela Gray & Mike Van Zalingen, CLTV

Faces of Foreclosure, Michael van Zalingen, ABC7 Chicago

Friday, August 21, 2015

Will the Cook County Sheriff Evict in the Winter?

The Cook County eviction courts are busy places and people fall behind on their rent all year round.  Chicago has a long, cold winter and tenants sometimes think that the Cook County Sheriff will not evict them during the winter.  This is actually an urban legend.  

Here is when the Cook County Sheriff will not evict:  (1)  during the Christmas moratorium imposed by the Court every year from around December 18 to January 3;  (2)  when it is 15 degrees or colder on the day of your eviction; and (3) whenever extreme weather conditions endanger the health and welfare of those to be evicted.  Source - Cook County Amended General Order 2013-07.  

Over the last two winters we had a lot of days below 15 degrees and a huge Chicago eviction backlog piled up. I saw evictions take as long as 8 weeks to complete. 

According to the news, winter 2016-17 will have a mild La Nina in the Pacific Ocean.  That means we may be in for a cold, snowy winter.