Condo HOA lawyer says her client may continue fight against free speech

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some militant HOA-industry attorneys never cease to amaze. Take, for example, recent public statements made by Attorney Diane Silverberg, of Illinois condo association law firm, Kovitz, Shifrin, & Nesbit. According to Silverberg, and in contradiction to a recent Illinois Appellate ruling against her client, 111 East Chestnut Condominium Association, condo owners should not be entitled to free speech rights to criticize their condo board or management agent. As quoted Continue ReadingCondo HOA lawyer says her client may continue fight against free speech

IL Appellate court upholds First Amendment rights of condo residents

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Cook County Appellate Court ruling reaffirms the First Amendment rights of condo owners in Illinois. On March 29th, in Brian Connolly v.  Anthony Milazzo, Mike Fish, Serap Brush,  and Glenn Greene, Justice Cunningham reversed the trial court’s dismissal of one of the Plaintiff’s primary claims. In his lawsuit, Connolly claimed his condo association board members imposed unjustified sanctions and fines against him, in retaliation, after he criticized the Continue ReadingIL Appellate court upholds First Amendment rights of condo residents

IL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities    More and more homeowners are discovering that, after a few years, the allure and prestige of living on a private road loses its charm. It’s not easy to find reliable contractors to plow snow in the winter and fix potholes in the warmer seasons. It’s hard to keep up with cracked and crumbling roads, and poor storm drainage, too. HOA board members and property owners are sick and Continue ReadingIL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

Illinois condo HOA legislation update (March 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Illinois Legislature is considering several bills that would limit Home Rule power of local governments; mandate that a condo board must provide nominal due process before levying a fine; change the process for payment of property taxes; and increase transparency and disclosure requirements.   HB 29 would stop local government from enacting Ordinances that contradict state law The bill states that a local government, including a Home Rule Continue ReadingIllinois condo HOA legislation update (March 2019)