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Landlord Summit brings resources and relationship-building to property owners and municipalities

More than 100 participated in the inaugural June 7 Landlord Summit held at South Suburban College in South Holland. The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Community Investment Corporation and the Preservation Compact held the one-day summit that featured presentations on property management, financing and energy efficiency and resources to promote affordability and bottom line improvements to property operations, as well as legal issues such as handling evictions and complying with fair housing laws.

The event featured a networking breakfast followed by welcoming remarks by South Suburban College President Don Manning and Park Forest Mayor John A. Ostenburg, proceeded by a panel discussion “Navigating Municipal Policies, Code Enforcement and Property Management,” facilitated by South Holland Deputy Village Administrator Pat Mahon. Panelists included Community Investment Corporation Director of Property Management Training Taft West, South Chicago Heights Building and Zoning Director Lou Bednarek, Illinois Realtors Local Government Affairs Director Thomas H. Joseph and Chicagoland Apartment Association Executive Vice President Michael J. Mini.

Also featured was information on investment opportunities and resources presented by the South Suburban Land Bank Development Authority Project Manager Tselane Morgan-Hatter, Cook County Land Bank Authority Executive Director Robert Rose, Community Investment  Corporation Director of Lending Jack Crane, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Senior Planner Jonathan Burch and Chicago Community Loan Fund Senior Loan and Program Officer Kevin Truitt.

Additional presentations included: the Housing Choice Voucher Program, by Housing Authority of Cook County Assistant Director Jackie Hodges; Smoke-Free Housing, by Respiratory Health Association Health Policy Analyst Todd Fraley and American Lung Association Senior Manager Kristina A. Hamilton; and legal matters by Dr. F. Willis Caruso and Professor Lewis Powell, both of the John Marshall Law School.

Finally, Richton Park Mayor Richard Reinbold provided closing remarks.

We gratefully acknowledge all who attended, participated and worked to make this such a successful event. We are especially grateful for breakfast and lunch sponsors First Midwest Bank and Illinois Realtors. More photos are here.

If you attended, please take the exit survey with a link to this:

For more information, please contact:

Lakeshia Wright / SSMMA /

Allison Milld Clements / MMC/

Stacie Young / CIC /

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