Education for Condo Board Members from CAI - March 7th and 14th Online

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The Illinois chapter of CAI (Community Association Institute) is offering a virtual Board Development Workshop geared toward educating board members so they can confidently serve their communities.

The course takes place on Tuesday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

We have found that few board members are truly prepared for their roles, particularly in small condominium associations. Education such as the DCAL (Dedicated Community Association Leader) course series, available through CAI, can help board members to perform their responsibilitites more effectively and successfully support their communities. Condominium association budgets should include a line item for the cost of board member education.

For more information and to register, visit the CAI Illinois website.  

Condo Board Must Offer a Hearing Before Applying Fines

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If your condo association has Rules & Regulations in place, fines may also exist for violations of those Rules & Regulations.

The IL Condo Act requires that the owner be granted the right to a hearing before any fines can be charged. Here are the basic steps for properly applying a Fine for a violation:

  • The board receives written notice of a violation of the association's Rules & Regulations.
  • The board informs the owner that they have received notice of a violation and if there is a possible fine, provides the owner with the opportunity to request a hearing.
  • The board conducts the hearing to gather information about the alleged violation in a closed meeting. This meeting cannot be recorded by the board or the owner.
  • After the meeting, the board votes on the fine at an open board meeting.
  • If the owner does not request a hearing or if a hearing is held and the owner does not appear, the board may apply a fine if they decide it is appropriate.
  • The board sends notice to the owner of the fine determination.

Each occurence that is reported to the board requires a separate opportunity for a hearing. In the case of a violation that is ongoing (such as failing to remove personal belongings from a common area), then a hearing is not required for each day the violation occurs. The board should ensure, however, that any notice of a fine determination clearly states that additonal fines will accrue until the problem is remedied.

Learn how to create Rules & Regulations and the process for enforcing them with our Educational Videos. (Become a member to access this resource).

Fair Housing Laws and Children in Condos

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In Illinois, federal and state laws protect families with children from discrimination in housing. These laws apply to condo owners who rent their units as well as landlords in rental buildings.
Condo owners who are landlords should be aware of their renters' rights with respect to families with children. Condo board members must also be aware of the protections granted to families who rent in their buildings to ensure that they are not taking any action that could be discriminatory or for which tenants could file a complaint. If tenants are experiencing situations with neighbors that could be construed as discriminatory, the board may become responsible for responding to a complaint.
You can read about the protections granted to families with children under the Fair Housing Act on the IL Department of Human Rights Website.
Landlords should also be aware of the city of Chicago's occupancy restrictions to ensure that they are not violating existing limits on the number of tenants that can reside in a unit.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought grief and hardship to many people around the world. To help ease the financial stress caused by the pandemic, FEMA is offering financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses. 

You may qualify for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance benefits if you meet these requirements:

  • You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified non-citizen
  • The death occurred in the United States, including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia
  • You incurred funeral expenses on or after January 20, 2020, for a person whose death was caused by COVID-19

Learn more, here.

2022 First Installment Cook County Tax Bill

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You can now view your 2022 First Installment Cook County Tax Bill and make an early payment online.

Watch for your bill in the mail late February/early March. Your next tax bill will be due April 3rd, 2023 and will be 55% of the previous year's total amount.

The second installment tax bills will likely be slightly delayed, but will probably not be as delayed as they were in 2022.