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The Ombudsperson: 2016 Amendments and Update

THE OMBUDSPERSON:  2016 AMENDMENTS AND UPDATE On August 12, 2016 Governor Rauner signed Public Act 99-0776 which makes several significant changes to the original Ombudsperson Act.  This article will provide quick highlights of certain changes contained in P.A. 99-0776. Registration of Community Associations Critical to all associations, the requirement that all common interest communities and […]

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Reviewing Delinquencies

IT’S NEVER A BAD TIME TO REVIEW YOUR DELINQUENCIES With the budgeting and annual meeting season in the rear-view mirror and with the opening of pool season still a couple of months away, now is the time to review your association’s assessment delinquencies.  There’s never a bad time to review delinquencies, but this is a […]

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PRESS RELEASE Senate Bill 1374 Signed Into Law: Developers’ Loophole Closed

Senate Bill 1374 Signed Into Law: Developers’ Loophole Closed On July 14, 2015, Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 1374 (Public Act 99-0041), which was sponsored by Senator Mike Hastings and Representative Kelly Burke, and authored by Douglas Sury of Keay & Costello, P.C., as a member of the Association of Condominium, Townhouse and Homeowners Association’s […]

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Summer Pool Fun and the Fair Housing Act

  SUMMER FUN AT THE COMMUNITY POOL: DO WE REALLY NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE FAIR HOUSING ACT? Spring is finally here and Memorial Day, the unofficial kick-off to summer, is just around the corner. The lead up to Memorial Day usually means two things for community associations: 1.Time to get the pool ready, and […]

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Associations Obligation to Collect Assessments

Fiduciary Obligation to Collect Assessments, Use of the Forcible Entry and Detainer Act and its Impact upon Associations While few take pleasure in pursuing their neighbors, friends, colleagues, etc. for the collection of assessments, associations and their duly elected board members are charged with the duty of doing just that. By volunteering to become a […]

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Trust Ownership of a Unit

Question: How does a trust effect the ownership of a unit? Who represents the unit when the trust has not yet been settled and there are multiple heirs? First, not all trust agreements are the same. There are land trusts, which are vehicles used by owners to keep their personal interest in the property private. […]