An April 2009 law intended to better manage foreclosures caused foreclosure filings to spike 66.4 percent in August, compared to a year earlier. Overall, foreclosures fell 5.5 percent over the year nationally and dropped 16.9 percent in Cook County since July.
Also in the news...
- The Elgin Police Department is making creative use of their civil courts to fight gangs. Rather than arrest gang members, the city is suing gang members for damages and costs to the city. The lawsuits also bar gang members from associating with each other. Gang members who violate the conditions of the suit could be legally searched and jailed with misdemeanor charges or contempt of court citations. While Elgin police say this won't eliminate gangs, the department hopes to use the lawsuit to make life harder for gang members.
- Congressman Luis Guitierrez's trip to the White House today may help both his and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel's chances in Chicago's race for mayor. The purpose of the visit is to discuss the DREAM Act, which would provide green cards to children of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 and have stayed for five years while completing high school.
--Compiled by Louis McGill