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ASCO General Meeting Focuses on Community Safety

Chicago Police Officer Garrian Manning was the guest speaker at ASCO’s General Meeting on Sept. 29. A twenty-year veteran of CPD who previously served with the mounted patrol, Officer Manning talked about “situational awareness” and provided tips for staying safe in a variety of scenarios. He outlined different levels of awareness via a color code. White: you might have your earbuds in, your head down, and your attention on your own thoughts. Yellow: You walk with your head on a swivel, paying attention to your environment with your ears and eyes. Orange: Like “Yellow” but now you notice something suspicious and you might cross the street or enter a public place to remove yourself from the situation. Red: Now you are being approached by someone or a group with obvious bad intent. Toss your phone or wallet away from you and run in the opposite direction to put as much distance between yourself and the threat as you can. Black: You don’t want to be here, where you are paralyzed with fear and cannot make a decision. “Your belongings can be replaced. You can’t,” said Officer Manning. Maintaining situational awareness can save your life. Here are some other tips to help keep you safe: Lock It or Lose It, Carjacking Prevention. Click the links for the 20th District’s Community Conversation and Beat Meetings schedules.

November 8 is Coming: Find Your Polling Place

Alderman Harry Osterman’s October 6th newsletter noted some changes in Chicago’s ward map might affect where your polling station will be for this year’s election. Although there was minimal change to the 48th Ward, which saw the addition of a block of Uptown that includes the Bezazian Library, the number of polling places was reduced, and precinct boundaries were reconfigured. It is important to know where you will be voting. To find your polling location, click here.

Not sure if you’re registered? Check here. This site will also allow you to view a sample ballot, check the status of your vote-by-mail application, and find contact information for your elected officials.

Legislative Update

At our General Meeting on March 10, ASCO’s General Counsel Michael Kim talked about new regulations from the secondary mortgage market that affect what information lenders need from condo and co-op buyers. These new guidelines arose primarily in response to the tragic Surfside condo building collapse in Florida last year. Click here to read his discussion of the issues. Secondary mortgage buyers Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae notified lenders of the changes last October, and they became effective on January 1 of this year (click on the links to read those letters). This link shows what additional information a condo association or co-op might have to provide if a potential buyer’s lender requests it.

Of the bills proposed during this last legislative session, which ended Friday, April 8, only HB4158 passed. The governor signed it on May 27 and it became effective immediately. This law requires the boards of condo and common interest community associations to maintain records of any reserve study. Essentially, this codifies into law what many associations already do. It also extends to January 1, 2024, compliance with the Condo and Common Interest Community Ombudsperson Act. Previously, Section 1-90 was set to be repealed on June 1, 2022. Click this link to read the full text of the bill.