No More Denial of Section 8 rentals in Evanston IL

According to the Evanston Patch and George Slefo

The Cook County Board has added Section 8, or Housing Choice Vouchers, under the Illinois Fair Housing Law.

Up until recently, it was up to a landlord to decide whether he or she would allow Section 8 tenants. That all changed on May 8, when the Cook County Board approved a measure that would penalize landlords for discriminating against Section 8 voucher holders.

The Illinois Fair Housing Law states that one cannot deny an applicant based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, disability, presence of children or sexual orientation. Now, Section 8 voucher holders have been added to that list.

The measure passed 9-6.

If a prospective Section 8 holder believes they were denied a unit because of their voucher status, they now have the right to file a complaint with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.

According to Open Communities, a nonprofit organization that pushes for equal housing rights, there are approximately 15,000 voucher holders in Cook County

Now people can access the Evanston IL Public library with a smart phone application

Access Library With Mobile App
Submitted by the City of EvanstonWant to renew a book or place one on hold? Now there’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There’s an app for that. Find information fast? Register for events? There’s an app for that, too.We’ve just launched a mobile app that puts the Evanston Public Library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into Library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the catalog, check your account, ask a question, find events and more. Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy. Then, once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone. To access the library’s mobile app, search Evanston Public Library in your phone’s app market or go to epl.org/mobile and download the app.

“It’s important for the library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our expertise and rich resources,” says Karen Danczak Lyons, Director of Evanston Public Library. “Our mobile app puts library information in your pocket or purse – just one click away. I hope everyone with a mobile phone takes advantage of this new way to use the Evanston Public Library by downloading our app.”

The app offers additional features, including BookCheck so patrons can check out books, CDs or DVDs from anywhere in the library, and BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Danczak Lyons. “If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.”

For more information on the library’s new mobile app, visit epl.org/mobile. Patrons, please note: *Sign-up on EPL’s online catalog required to activate. Already done that? You’re good to go. If not, you can sign up at epl.org/login or call the library for help. 847-448-8630. it’s worth it!

The library’s mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc. More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility. Easy to implement and affordable for all size libraries, Boopsie solves the problem of unwieldy website viewing on a small screen.