City to hire inspectors for 311 vacant bldg calls

May 4, 2012 9:33:07 AM PDT
Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Pat Dowell will announce Friday that due to the success of Chicago's new vacant properties ordinance in cracking down on banks to take responsibility for their vacant properties, the city will be able to hire additional inspectors to respond to thousands of outstanding 311 complaints about vacant properties.

The city says it will continue to ensure that banks and financial institutions do their part in helping to protect the city's neighborhoods and will continue to step up enforcement in the future.

In the first quarter of 2012 alone, more than 2,500 vacant property ordinance violations were issued to more than 150 financial institutions. Total fines in the first quarter of 2012 were $619,000 ? a 123 percent increase from 2011.