Vacated buildings can leave tenants on brink of homelessness

By Stephanie Choporis A loud knocking woke Brandon Williams one night in late 2014 in his fourth floor apartment on South Shore Drive. “When people used to knock on my door there, I would know that it wasn’t my neighbor because she would usually call,” said Williams, 34. He typically would not answer but the […]

Professors, students question NEIU’s housing impact on campus

By Stephanie Choporis Students and professors at Northeastern Illinois University say the school’s student housing proposal is being used to boost dwindling enrollment and will change the demographic of those it has traditionally served. “They just have plans to make NEIU a different type of school that has a different type of student that fosters […]

Chicago area rents drop but save tenants little

By Stephanie Choporis Cook County residents can expect little change to median rent prices of all properties due to inflation and potential leveling off despite a recent dip in costs, according to experts. Among the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S., Zillow’s senior economist, Skylar Olsen, said Cook County, also referred to as metro […]

Mayoral candidates offer few specifics on housing issues

By Stephanie Choporis Three out of Chicago’s five mayoral candidates failed to offer specifics during a forum Tuesday on how they would provide more affordable housing if elected to office, but some at the event said they thought it was informative. Candidates Bob Fioretti, William “Dock” Walls and Willie Wilson fielded questions on supervision of […]

Chicago’s ‘problem landlords list’ questioned by experts

By Stephanie Choporis Housing experts and a private building owner are questioning the effectiveness of Chicago’s ‘problem’ landlords list and the properties selected for the record. Some think the list is limited in scope and not targeting landlords with the most serious building code violations. The inaugural list, published on the department of buildings website […]