Posts tagged "slumlord"

Leon Finney resigns from Chicago Plan Commission

He might just be one of Chicago’s most politically connected residents and has been accused of being one of the city’s biggest slumlords: Leon Finney Jr. But today he’s given up one of his most powerful positions–member of the Chicago Plan Commission, which makes important city decisions regarding new development, Tax Increment Financing Districts and... Read more »

$1.3 million, a politically-connected landord, problem buildings and a correction

Recently, we highlighted a questionable arrangement taking place down at City Hall. Turns out that Chicago officials have not only chosen to overlook a local law that bars problem landlords from doing businesss with the city, they’ve rewarded one quite handsomely. So far this year, Leon Finney Jr. who heads up The Woodlawn Organization, Woodlawn... Read more »

Chicago's limp crackdown on slumlords

Chicago's limp crackdown on slumlords
Chicago Ald. Leslie Hairston thought she’d finally put the kibosh on the city’s habit of handing public money to landlords the city was suing for major building code violations. Hairston worked for at least three years to pass a measure to cut slumlords out of city contracts. “While I couldn’t stop them from collecting money... Read more »