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Chicago man with “anger” issues charged with murder of 5 condo neighbors

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com What’s behind the alarming trend of violence in HOA-governed communities? This Saturday, the news of a mass shooting in a Chicago condo complex shocked residents of the quiet Dunning neighborhood. Here’s what IAC has learned from various local reports of the horrific incident, which left 5 people dead.   The shooter, a former condo association President, has a history of “anger issues” Chicago Police Department have arrested Krysztof Continue ReadingChicago man with “anger” issues charged with murder of 5 condo neighbors

HOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com In this update: Golf course owners face financial difficulties; homeowners in several states object to redevelopment plans of defunct golf courses; Arizona homeowners win court victory to save their adjacent golf course.   California Resort owner shuts down second of two golf courses, hopes to find buyer Diablo Grande is a planned community that was built around two 18-hole golf courses, the Legends and the Ranch. Despite original Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)

HOA parking rules can have unintended consequences

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Earlier this month, Tori Gerstenacker, 25, was tragically struck and killed while crossing Route 70 in Marlton, NJ. The vibrant young woman was returning home from a hard day at work as a field engineer for Henkels & McCoy. Tori had just parked her Ford F-150 in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center, and was beginning the half-mile trek to her condominium townhome in Delancey Place. Continue ReadingHOA parking rules can have unintended consequences

Update on Chicago condo owners’ free speech lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   In May 2019, an attorney representing a Chicago Condominium Association hinted about her client’s intent to file an appeal with Illinois Supreme Court, hoping to reverse the First District Appellate Court’s ruling in favor of free speech rights of a condo owner. Early this summer, Diane Silverberg (Kovtiz, Shifrin, and Nesbit) filed a Leave to Appeal of the decision in the Illinois Appellate Court of the First District, Continue ReadingUpdate on Chicago condo owners’ free speech lawsuit