Sep 18 2012

Updated Oct 03

Jury Duty

I've been called for jury duty for the first time. I'm scheduled for the Daley Center.

Can anyone answer the following questions:

Is there WiFi in the jury holding room?
Can we eat or drink in the jury holding room?
Should I pack a lunch or are we released to get something to eat?
It says on my summons that cameras are not permitted. Does that mean they will hold my smart phone all day because it has a camera?

Does anyone have any other words of advice?

(I really didn't know where to post this, so I picked Lake View since I live there.)

  • One tip is that depending on your place of employment, you may need to hand over the check to your employer in order to get the day off as a paid day. Check with your HR dept. Last time I was at Daley, 2 years ago, they gave an hour lunch. But seriously, if you can afford the time, I would encourage you to perform your jury duty service and not try some weak excuse to get out of it.

  • d3 NOH

    You can delay it 11 weeks automatically of the first time doesn't work too.

Sep 19

Updated Sep 25

How does one go about reporting a violation of certificate of occupancy?

I live in a Condo mid-rise. We have a business on the first floor. They have taken over our basement with the blessing of the board. However, they do not pay rent, nor have they signed a lease. When the condo looked at using the basement a few years ago, it was found that we could not use the basement as in doing so it would incur more than $20,000 in cost to get a COO, so we decided not...

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I live in a Condo mid-rise. We have a business on the first floor. They have taken over our basement with the blessing of the board. However, they do not pay rent, nor have they signed a lease. When the condo looked at using the basement a few years ago, it was found that we could not use the basement as in doing so it would incur more than $20,000 in cost to get a COO, so we decided not to incur the cost. The business on the first floor decided to take over the basement and not pay the money for the COO (we know this because there are no rails that were needed to get the COO on the stairway). We know that they are using the basement as they have told us that they have several million dollars in inventory and there are lights on in the basement 24 X 7. We know that one year they paid rent to the association as it showed as income in the annual report, after that however they have paid no rent. The board is complicit in this violation.
Any suggestions as to how to proceed to get the business out of our basement would be appreciated.

  • Ed Gould Interested in improbving the neighborhood

    As a condo owner in that building isn't it in your interest to have a viable business at the retail level?
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    I agree if they are paying their fair share.The business owner is using more than their unit size says in the Condo Docs.

    It is no difference say...

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    As a condo owner in that building isn't it in your interest to have a viable business at the retail level?
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    I agree if they are paying their fair share.The business owner is using more than their unit size says in the Condo Docs.

    It is no difference say if I have five pianos out in the hallway. That is a common element, and I have no right to have those pianos in the common element. Just like he is not to use space that is not part of his unit. The IL condo law says Limited Common Element *CAN NOT be given, sold or otherwise used, except when the condo has a vote for it and that the vote is 60 percent". That is what the IL condo act says. I am sure you can google it and read it yourself.

  • Ed Gould Interested in improbving the neighborhood

    Its not a zoning issue.

    Their use of LCE, I agree.

    Their created loading dock however is. I did not bring this up as a condo issue, it is a zoning issue. This is where it gets tricky with zoning. Like I said I am no expert in zoning issues. But it would seem to me that a loading dock in a residential area is probably wrong.

Aug 27

Updated Sep 05

Garbage trucks at 4:45 am!?

What's the best way to have garbage trucks stop coming before 7am. They come every Monday down my street and alley at 5:15 am and Tuesday at 4:45 am.

  • Dan 51 5900 - 6000 W. Higgins

    To David 1929, Yes use same # 312-744-2333. Regarding carts left out all week. Ask to speak to a supervisor or an inspector. Use this # always. If no results, keep calling.

  • Thanks.

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