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Employment opportunity: Midlothian part-time property maintenance & code enforcement inspector(s)

May 24, 2016 – 9:57 am | 26 views

Midlothian LogoThe Village of Midlothian is accepting applications for part-time Property Maintenance and Code Enforcement Inspector(s) for our Building Department.

This position will assist in assuring regulatory inspections and enforcement of all ordinances, policies, rules, and regulations of the Village related to property/site conditions and structure safety for new and existing buildings. This includes provisions regarding the existence of nuisances and property maintenance regulations endangering the public. The understanding of construction elements is another essential part of this position.

Responsibilities include the ability to enforce and understand all court action procedures which insure existing buildings and sites are maintained to minimum Village Code regulations; review and comment on plans for new and existing building establishments for major alterations to existing establishments; and performing annual business license inspections. Other responsibilities include maintaining accurate work records, research property ownership and enforcement of the Rental Housing Code….Please click here for the full job posting.

Applications are available at Midlothian Village Hall or online (Application Form). Interested candidates shall submit completed application with cover letter, resume, salary history and professional references for immediate consideration to:
Trustee Jerry Gillis
Building Department
Village of Midlothian
14801 Pulaski
Midlothian, IL 60445

278-Mile Rail Project Planned/Surface Transportation Board seeks public comment

May 23, 2016 – 10:31 am | 14 views
278-Mile Rail Project Planned/Surface Transportation Board seeks public comment

A private venture capital group, Great Lakes Basin Transportation (GLBT), is developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the U.S. Surface Transportation Board for a 278-mile railroad project running from La Porte, Indiana through Illinois …

Historic makeover coming to Lansing Village Hall lot

May 23, 2016 – 10:16 am | 17 views

The busy corner of Ridge Road and Burnham Avenue soon will have an area of “privacy and serenity” after Lansing’s historic renovation of the Village Hall parking lot.
The Lansing History Plaza will include a new …

Crestwood bringing back tax rebates

May 23, 2016 – 9:47 am | 10 views

After being put on hiatus for several years, property tax rebates are being resurrected in Crestwood.
The full share of the village’s portion of a property owner’s tax bill, for 2014 taxes paid last year, will …

June 4: NeighborWorks Day

May 20, 2016 – 4:07 pm | 18 views
NeighborWorks Day 2016

Select Chicago Southland representatives meet key retail real estate leaders at annual ICSC RECon Vegas event

May 20, 2016 – 3:55 pm | 29 views
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For Immediate Release:
East Hazel Crest, May 20, 2016 –This month, thousands of public officials will gather to meet with over 35,000 attendees at the largest retail real estate event in the world to seek out …

New Ford Heights Family Dollar Store is 1st step in redeveloping Rt. 30 Corridor

May 20, 2016 – 11:41 am | 30 views

In the shadow of the Chicago Heights Ford Motor Company Chicago Stamping Plant, ground was broken on May 19th in Ford Heights for a Family Dollar Store in a special ceremony hosted by Mayor Charles …

Homewood Rail Fest features fun for train enthusiasts

May 20, 2016 – 10:56 am | 21 views
Homewood Rail fest

The new Martin Avenue Square in Homewood has allowed at least one of the village’s annual events to expand.
“We’re very excited,” said Allisa Opyd, spokesperson for the village of Homewood. Saturday’s Rail Fest takes place …

Towns need to study how home-sharing affects residents and businesses

May 20, 2016 – 9:44 am | 17 views

Home-sharing is disrupting life in some Chicago neighborhoods and in cities and towns across the country, and it’s already affecting some residents and businesses in Southland communities.
In Chicago, the City Council this week heard testimony …