April 13th approximately 650 manufactured home-owners traveled to the State Capitol for our 5th annual MHO Day. Home-owners are again acknowledged from House and Senate floors.
- County taxing bodies returned to lobby state legislators to raise County taxes aimed at manufactured home-owners in the form of SB192. MHOAI was again able to stop the passage of this bill, keeping our money in our pockets.
- Landlords continued with their quest towards a technical bill in the form of SB 91 that was addressed in 2004 and defeated.. MHOAI opposed SB 91, was held in the House Chamber and did not move forward.
- MHOAI worked towards legislation that would allow the Department of Public Health to impose an administrative monetary penalty against a Landlord for violations. This passed the Senate but was held in the House.
- MHOAI and the Cook County Department of Public Health joined hands to rewrite the Cook County ordinances in our housing market that had not been updated since 1972. While there were meetings with all interested parties, Landlords did not want the change. Opposition flyers were sent to thousands of homeowners in four counties falsely telling them that they would lose their home and they should be prepared to move if Cook County put in new ordinances. Thousands of homeowners were held hostage by a piece of paper with misleading and false information that was written by a lobbyist group with no moral conscience. It became so critical that Lyons Township did a reverse 911 to homeowners explaining the fliers had false information. On September 15th the proposed ordinances were passed by the Cook County Commissioners with no nays allowing a hard won victory for homeowners.