2012 December
Focus on... Safety & Security

2012 December The Second Annual Chicagoland Cooperator Expo

 The winds were a bit chilly but the sun was shining brightly on the Navy Pier as  more than two thousand enthusiastic attendees packed The Chicagoland Cooperator’s 2nd Annual Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo to meet with nearly 250 exhibitors, att…

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Security
2012 December Too Hot to Handle

The discovery of fire is considered a major turning point in man's evolution from cave dweller to outer space explorer. Control of fire allowed early man warmth for his habitat, a way to cook his meals, and light for his surroundings. …

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Security
2012 December Staying Safe

 For most people, nothing is more important than knowing that they and their  families are safe and secure in the place they call home. Boards, management  and security firms all must work together seamlessly and cohesively to create  that…

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Security
2012 December A Private Matter

The issue of intellectual property and an individual’s right to privacy has become a greater concern since more and more people conduct their lives online—whether for banking, social media or dating. While the aforementioned generally h…

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Security
2012 December Who Watches the Watchmen?

 Back in the 1980s, McGruff the Crime Dog taught children and parents alike to “Take a bite out of crime.” The tough but affable, anthropomorphic bloodhound was created by the Ad Council  for the National Crime Prevention Council and used …

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Real Estate Trends
2012 December What the Future Holds

 It’s been a very rough few years for the real estate market in Chicago—the ongoing recession and sluggish resale market are unfortunately still news  and both buyers and sellers are watching the situation closely for any signs of  improve…

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Management
2012 December Emergency Prepardness 101

 While the basics of preventing—and surviving—relatively common disasters like fires or severe weather events should be well  known to anybody living in a community association or planned development, the  reality is that each building com…

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Design
2012 December New Life for Unused Rooms

 Media room, game room, common room, party room—regardless of what you call them, the purpose of these shared spaces in co-ops  and condos is to give residents a place to gather; to hold an in-house meeting,  throw a graduation party or sc…

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Board Operations
2012 December Meeting Masters

 Disorganized and poorly-run board meetings are time-wasters that can make even  the most ardent board member cringe at the thought of an upcoming session. On  the flip side, a well-run board meeting can be a productive hour or two or  thr…

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Organizations
2012 December The National Fire Protection Association

 Fire in the home can be an absolutely terrifying and life-altering occurrence.  In 2011, there were 1,389,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires  caused 3,005 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries, and $11.7 billion in  …

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2012 December Q&A: Are Taped Recordings Legal?

Q We have recently found that a member of our condo’s Board of Directors had covertly taped the conversations during a board meeting and a board interview with a prospective purchaser. She did not tell anyone else on the board that she …

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2012 December Q&A: Improper Use of the Common Elements

Q We have a resident who winters in Arizona and allows her children to store their patio furniture in her garage space. She also asked her garage neighbors (they no longer drive) to rent their side of the garage to a friend of hers, who…

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