Daley to target home foreclosures
Tribune staff report
August 19, 2007
CHICAGO - Speaking about the increasing number of home foreclosures in Chicago and in the nation, Mayor Richard Daley said Saturday that the city hopes to compile a list of people who lost their homes to foreclosures, in an effort to try to help them.
"We have to take a list of all of them, get all the mortgage companies and have to try to build their lives," the mayor said at a news conference announcing a new principal at Harper High School in West Englewood. He did not specify what the city would do with the list.
Chicago had 34,818 foreclosures, or one filing for every 88 households, for the first half of 2007, according to RealtyTrac, which publishes foreclosure information.
The mayor said the increase in foreclosures is a national problem and faulted the federal government for not regulating the issue.
"Where was the federal government on this?" he said. "They completely failed."
Parents are able to check their children's driving recordsGov. Rod Blagojevich signed the proposal into law earlier this week. It goes into effect Jan. 1. Secretary of State Jesse White applauded the effort.
"By giving adults access to these driving records, we are giving them a tool to keep them more involved in their teenagers' driving patterns as they proceed through the graduated driver licensing program," White said in news release.
This is just one of several laws targeting new drivers. If approved, those laws would require teens to spend more time behind the wheel to qualify for a license and then restrict when they can drive with it and how many other teens can be with them.
This is the state's second shot at trying to make parents aware of their child's driving habits. Under Illinois law, there's nothing requiring that parents be notified when a new driver begins racking up violations.
Prodded by Buckner's situation and others like it, lawmakers created a pilot program in the late 1990s that was supposed to send out notices to the registered owner of the vehicle so, in theory, parents would know when their children get tickets. But the experiment met with resistance because of the amount of work put on the counties and lack of funding from the state.
The latest effort attempts to remedy that by turning to the Internet. The Illinois House and Senate approved it this spring without a vote of opposition.
Buckner believes parents will do an effective job self-