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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jan 17, 2013

Community Group Rallies Around Elderly Women Set To Lose Home Due To Alleged Bank Error

Belmont-Cragin resident Mary Bonelli is 76-years-old, has cancer and is about to be thrown out of the home that’s been in her family for nearly 100 years.

Her home went into foreclosure in the spring of 2011 due to a bank error, she said, and by the time she realized the problem, it was too late.

Yesterday, she was put on the Cook County Sheriff’s eviction list.

“A lot of people will think, ‘Oh she didn’t pay the mortgage,’” Bonelli said inside her home Wednesday night before a candlelight vigil on her porch with supporters. “That’s the first thing that pops into people’s minds. They don’t know the whole story.”

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Mon Aug 13, 2012

Cook County Residents Ask Preckwinkle, Dart For Foreclosure Eviction Moratorium (VIDEO)

Homeowners and tenants frustrated by the impending threat of foreclosure called on county leaders to put in place a one year-stay on evictions.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle along with Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart met with a crowd of more than 100 residents at a community meeting held Thursday on the city's near West Side.  Organizers said the event was intended to give individuals the opportunity to tell officials their own experiences with facing the threat of losing their homes, and to explain how delaying the eviction process could provide some with much-needed — albeit temporary — relief.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Wed May 16, 2012

Protesters Call For Eviction Moratorium (VIDEO)

As part of the build up to Sunday's NATO summit protest, Occupy Chicago marched to Daley Plaza in Chicago today with a focus on foreclosures. Speakers demanded that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart implement a one-year moratorium on evicting homeowners who face foreclosure.

The specific demand was partly answered by the sheriff’s office, with Dart Deputy Chief of Staff Dana Wright showing up at the rally. Wright pledged that Dart would meet with two Occupy delegates this afternoon and suggested that a later public meeting could take place.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu Feb 16, 2012

ICE Detainer Ordinance Could Stay Intact

The author of an amendment that would significantly change Cook County’s immigration detainer ordinance told Progress Illinois Wednesday that he doesn’t have the votes now on the 17-member Cook County Board of Commissioners to pass the amendment.

“Between five to eight commissioners support my amendment,” said Timothy Schneider, a Republican from Bartlett.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Mon Jan 30, 2012

Cook County May Revise Immigration Detention Policy – With Or Without Feds

The controversial case of Saul Chavez has brought new attention to an old problem – the fraught relationship between Cook County and the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency.

PI Original
Wed Jun 15, 2011

How Big Banks Displace Families Who Rent

Banks taking over foreclosed properties are considered the new homeowners, but what happens when the building is home to dozens of families who rent? A local neighborhood group says that should make the banks the landlords too -- at least temporarily.