March 28th over 600 homeowners attended MHOAI Day in Springfield.
- Media Headlines: TIFs (Eminent Domain) and Rents: “Homeowner Hell” Carol Marin – Chicago Sun Times
- Joining in our efforts on Manufactured Home Owners Day was NBC (channel 5) news reporter and political columnist Carol Marin and producer Don Mosley who documented our efforts. Reported coverage started on a bus which began a journey from Monee with continued reporting on our progress throughout the day.
- MHOAI once again prevented County Tax increases that would negatively impact manufactured homeowners.
- HB 4342 Fire Safety in communities is again brought to state legislators in the form of HB 4342. This included a focus on private water supply systems and hydrants. It was signed into law and aided the Illinois Department of Public Health to put new rules and regulations into place.
- SB 3086 as cities have grown over the years, many manufactured home communities were being rezoned. Eminent domain issues that negatively impact our community’s allowing a city to close our communities were on the rise. SB 3086 was signed into law. While this would also help other housing markets and businesses with changes to the law, two parts that MHOAI felt would add security to our communities includes:
- Requires the condemning authority to have a redevelopment agreement in place with the private developer before eminent domain can be exercised,
- The condemning authority would now need to prove that an area is in fact blighted, removing the current presumption of validity of ordinances declaring blight.
- HB 5377 Homeowners were receiving annual rent increases that ranged from $45 to $120 a month, forcing them to abandon their homes. HB 5377 dealt with lease and rent issues. HB 5377 passed both House and Senate chambers, however, was vetoed by the Governor. With the support of news media, legislators, partner allies and the Attorney General during the Veto Session, HB 5377 received enough votes to move out of the House chamber at the eleventh hour. It was at this time that Landlord representatives came to MHOAI and offered to work towards a bill that would reflect many of our concerns. HB 5377 was then held by the senate sponsor to work toward future legislation.