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Senior Condo Owners Entitled to $50 Sewer Cost Rebate

Did you know that seniors aged 65 and over, who live in their own condominium, townhouse or co-op unit are entitled to receive a $50 rebate for their share of the associations’ sewer costs? You must be 65 years or older. the sole owner or owner in joint tenancy or tenancy in common, occupy the property as your principal place of residence and own a townhouse, condo unit or co-op apartment that shares a common water bill. Seniors who have applied for this over the years received a letter from the City of Chicago asking for a signature to reconfirm residency.

If you haven’t received the rebate before, you will need to file an application form. You will need to submit the application form, along with copies of the following three (3) documents: (1) water bill from your property or complex (2) Second Installment property tax bill (2018) showing Senior Tax Exemption; and (3) driver’s license or State ID.

The Senior Citizen Sewer Charge Refund Application form must be completely filled out and submitted to your Alderman, (5533 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640). If you apply by mail, do not send originals, only copies. Keep the originals for your records. An online version of the application can be found on the Chicago City Council’s website. Questions can be sent to Jerry Goodman, jerry@48thward.org or 773-784-5277. Letters and/or forms with the required attachments are due in the alderman’s office by July 1, 2019

Legislative Updates

The members of the 101st Illinois General Assembly were sworn into office on January 9. The 2019 legislative season began on Tuesday, January 29.

The 100th Illinois General Assembly wrapped up its spring session on May 31, 2018. None of the bills being followed that addressed condo owners’ privacy concerns regarding Section 19 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act (see  discussion) were brought to the floor for a vote. SB572 and HB5126 were re-referred to the Rules Committee and are unlikely to be brought up in the fall session. These bills (or others like them) will have to be re-introduced next January.

For Chicagoans, the good news is that HB4910 also went nowhere. That means the ordinance passed by the City Council on March 28th that established a “Home Rule” remains in effect. This substitute ordinance overrides the provision in Section 19 that condo associations must provide homeowners’ email addresses and phone numbers to any association member who asks for them. However, if owners in an association want to nullify this ordinance, they may do so with a two-thirds majority vote. It took effect on April 18. If you have any questions about the ordinance, please contact Jerry Goodman at jerry@48thward.org.