Several state and local departments came together on October 27th to inform residents of the services and processes in place to address buildings which are believed to be the source of problems in the community. Representatives were there to collect address information on problem buildings from residents and to provide their phone numbers for direct contact. Agencies represented included:
- State Attorney
- City of Chicago
- Police Department
- Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
- CHA Housing Choice
- Alderman Deborah Graham
These organizations are working together in a coordinated way. We as residents must give them the information about the sources of problems. You can choose to provide information to the contact with whom you are most comfortable. You can decide to give the information to any one or all of these organizations.
City of Chicago, Department of Buildings
(312) 743-3554 James Harney, Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago, Troubled Buildings Bureau
James Harney drives through our neighborhood every Friday to survey the list of buildings that have been reported as a problem. He conducts a review to determine what actions might be taken by the City of Chicago, from fines to demolition.
City of Chicago, Police Department
Lt. Cyndi Lance, Commanding Officer, Troubled Buildings Unit, Special Functions Group
Requirements must be met before a building will be on the list for this department. In a six month period, there must be 2 misdemeanors or one felony arrest. When the requirements are met, the owner is contacted by one of the 13 officers assigned to each police area. The owner’s failure to respond could result in contact from the city’s law department.
City of Chicago, Corporation Counsel
Judith Dever, Senior Asst. Corp. Council, Building and License Enforcement
The focus is on guns, drugs and prostitution and enforcement of the Drug and Gang House Ordinance. If a connection can be made between criminal activity and an address, they can take action under the ordinance, after the Department of Buildings writes fines and files an inspection report.
This office goes into the field every Friday. They file, in Circuit Court, fines and other actions against offenders.
Housing Choice, CHA
(312) 913-7188 Steven Rosario, Director of Housing Choice, CHA
Deonna Wheeler, Asst. Director Housing Choices
If you suspect that a recipient of a Housing Choice Voucher is causing problems, you can call Housing Choice and report the address. If they confirm that the address is one of their clients, they will begin an investigation. Their actions include instruction on “Quality of Life” and expulsion from the program.
15th District Police Department
(312) 743-1495 Sgt. Glenn White, Community Policing Sergeant
A report form is available from the police department. Suspicious activity can be provided to the police department through this method.
(773) 261-4646 Alderman Deborah Graham, 29th Ward
The alderman stated that she prefers that you call her office first to report suspicious activity. She reported that she goes along with James Harney, Deputy Commissioner, Troubled Buildings Bureau, on his drives through the community each week. After your initial call, you must continue to call the alderman’s office to determine the status of the efforts of her office and to find out any additional steps you might need to take.
(708) 386-7301 Kelly Navarro, Matthew Jannusch, Asst State’s Attorneys
A foreclosure mediation program was discussed. To get more information call (877) 895-2444.
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
(312) 603-6366 Bonnie Clarke, Asst Chief Deputy Clerk
Your can receive assistance with the identification of information on a building.
You must take action. We’ve been shown that if we won’t spend a few hours looking for a solution, others won’t either.