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posted: 9/21/2012 5:00 AM

Foreclosure help knows no party

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Foreclosure help knows no party

My property tax bill will tell you that there have been a lot of foreclosures in our area in the last several years. And many of us struggling to make those property tax payments are no longer surprised how quickly it takes to be worrying about how to pay the next bill.

I recently attended a very well-organized event aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. I didn't know they did events like this, and I was glad to see it happen. It was a "help for homeowners mortgage resource fair." I liked that it was about giving people resources and options, because lately it doesn't seem like we have many.

The people leading the event from Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office patiently and attentively talked to people individually, even connecting people with lenders they arranged to be present. I found out about the event through Rep. Michelle Mussman, but the list of sponsors had quite a few people from both parties: several state senators (Kotowski, Millner, Murphy and Noland) and state representatives (Crespo, Harris and Mathias).

It's not too often you see officials from both parties working together. I was glad to see they realized this is an issue we have to come together on -- quickly -- to reverse the trend. I think the 250 people in attendance agreed. I hope to see more events like this and I want to thank the officials for putting their weight behind getting help to people who need it. Local residents are not always aware of what is available unless we hear it through the media. Rep. Mussman makes sure we are involved deeply with the programs she is able to provide to the people she serves. It is important to come together during these tough times.

Sam Allo


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