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Council approves $20M property tax rebate program

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Council approves $20M property tax rebate program

With no apologies for the modest level of assistance, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a $20 million property tax rebate to inoculate the mayor and aldermen from some of the political fallout from a record property tax increase.

The average rebate for the 155,000 eligible households will be $150. Senior citizens who own homes where the equalized assessed value has increased by 30 percent or more could get up to $300.

Chicago High-Rises Could Be Fined Thousands For Recycling Violations

A City Council committee endorsed stiff new fines for recycling violations Monday, but only as a "last resort" to compel compliance.

In a bid to get larger complexes from six-flats to high-rises to join in recycling, the Health Committee endorsed a hike in fines for not participating in recycling from the current $25-$100 range to $500-$1,000 for the first offense, $1,000-$2,500 for a second within 12 months and $2,500-$5,000 for subsequent offenses.

Emanuel urged to provide property tax relief for renters

Emanuel urged to provide property tax relief for renters

Aldermen and community leaders demanded Monday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel broaden the umbrella of his $21 million property tax rebate to include renters and thereby, they said, prevent working families from being squeezed out of gentrifying neighborhoods.

The Emanuel administration has rejected the rental relief proposed by rookie Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa (35th) on grounds that it would be “difficult and costly to administer and enforce.”

Renter Stories

Rachel’s Paycheck-to-Paycheck Reality


We may not realize it, but many people are “one paycheck away from being homeless.” Unfortunately this is the reality for many of those we see at LCBH.



During her annual checkup, Shannon’s doctor asked whether she was experiencing any stress.

John Sees His Doctor


John is a young disabled man who has had asthma all of his life. John is unable to work and he lives on very limited resources and income from Social Security.

In the Case of Occupants Known

Amanda and George

Amanda and George Fullerton have lived in Chicago all their lives.

Edna’s Ordeal Ends Well with LCBH at Her Side


Edna is a funny, vibrant single mother of three small children.

Mars Caulton

Mars Caulton

After finding out the apartment she had called home for over 10 years had gone into foreclosure, Mars Caulton called the LCBH Tenants in Foreclosure Help Line for assistance.