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, 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

HB0029 May Strip Home Rule Power from Cities

Good News:
HB0029 will not be considered in this year’s legislative session. ASCO thanks Senator Heather Steans (7th District) for her support to oppose HB0029. We are also grateful to Michael Kim and Kristopher Kasten from Michael C. Kim and Associates for their advice and counsel. Finally, we’d like to thank all those who wrote or called their state senators, Senate President John Cullerton, Chief Sponsor Jacqueline Y. Collins and members of the Judiciary Committee. Together we have made our voices heard.
For more information on HB0029, see the article below.

House Bill 29 (HB0029) would have amended the Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act (CICA Act) and the Illinois Condominium Property Act (Condo Act) to eliminate municipalities’ “home rule” powers. HB0029, sponsored by Rep. Andre Thapedi (32nd District), added a new Section 1-95 to the CICA Act to prevent home rule municipalities from regulating common interest communities “in a manner inconsistent with the changes made to Sections 1-20 [amendments to declaration, bylaws or operating agreement] and 1-45 [Finances] by Public Act 100-292.” To the Condo Act, HB0029 would have added Section 18.11, which would prohibit a home rule municipality from regulating condominium associations “in a manner inconsistent with the changes made to Sections 9 [Budget and Assessments], 15 [Sale of Entire Condominium], 18 [By-Laws], 18.4 [Powers and Duties of Board], 18.10 [Accounting], 19 [Books and Records], 27 [Amendments] and 31 [Unit Combinations] by Public Act 100-292.”

In an April 9 article, ASCO General Counsel Michael Kim commented, “This attempt to pre-empt home rule power is a reaction to the City of Chicago’s action to amend its Condominium Ordinance to override the perceived mandatory collection and disclosures of unit owners’ personal phone numbers and e-mail addresses under amended Section 19. Essentially, Public Act 100-292 was packaged and promoted by Rep. Thapedi and he is upset that the City had the audacity to interfere with his grand legislation. This change would affect Condominium and Common Interest Community Associations.”

In other words, Thapedi’s amendments were intended to exact revenge against the City of Chicago. Inexplicably, HB0029 was passed unanimously by the House in a roll call vote on March 19.

ASCO strongly opposed this bill. Eliminating home rule authority, even in a limited way, could lead to the elimination of home rule with respect to other provisions of the Condo Act and the CICA Act. If this bill became law, all condo associations would be subject to Section 19, which includes providing personal phone numbers and email addresses to any association member who asks for them for any reason or no reason at all.