2015 December
Focus on... Safety & Security

Security
2015 December Security Technology

The most important aspect of managing a building is keeping it, its residents, and their property safe. In days past, 'safety technology' consisted mostly of well-lit exits, the installation of panic bars and glow-in-the-dark stripping on e…

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Security
2015 December Condo Inspections

It's Chicago, baby. We're talking about the City of Wind. The beloved town by the lake. But what if one of the Second City's famous blustery gusts blows a piece of condominium facade onto some innocent passer-by? This is perhaps the worst-c…

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Security
2015 December Building Safety for Everyone

It may be a surprise to some that Chicago is a rather youthful city. Only about 10 percent of Chicagoans are over the age of 65, compared to 13 percent of the entire United States. Forty percent of the city's seniors have a disability, acco…

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Law & Legislation
2015 December Denying Access

The synopsis for the 2013 horror film The Purge is pretty extreme: in the future, society implements a 12-hour period called “the purge,” wherein any and all crime is legalized. Always wanted to vandalize your boss’s car? Thinking about sho…

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Neighborhoods
2015 December Looking Up in Downers Grove

Founded by a religious evangelist, Downers Grove is a village in Southern DuPage County, Illinois, and is the birthplace of composer and guitarist Muriel Anderson, Olympic ice hockey champions Cammi and Tony Granato, and actress and former …

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Q&A
2015 December Q&A: Seeking Financial Information

Q. Our current board president and officers have not complied with either written or oral requests for financials. This is Sept. 2015, and I have twice requested for 2015 income tax documents, Secretary of State registration, and 2015 end…

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Q&A
2015 December Q&A: Following the Noise

Q. I live in a condo in which the majority of the residents are older or active adult age, but we do have several families with small children as well, which sometimes has led to issues with noise. This hasn't been an issue for me until l…

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Q&A
2015 December Q&A: Dealing with Noise Complaints

Q. Last year I became disabled, and applied to the board for approval for a companion dog. Upon approval, I signed an agreement that restricted the dog from certain areas of the association and reiterated that the dog could not be a nuisa…

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