2011 October
Focus on... Association Operations

Board Operations A Day of Learning
2011 October A Day of Learning

The date is fast approaching for The Chicagoland Cooperator’s first annual Chicagoland Condo, HOA, & Co-op Expo, to be held at Navy Pier Convention Center on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the booths and n…

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Board Operations Making the Grade
2011 October Making the Grade

The relationship between boards and management is, by its very nature, a deep one. The two teams rely on each other to ensure the smooth oversight of their co-op and condo communities. Both are dedicated to doing everything possible to …

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Chicago Confidential
2011 October Chicago Confidential

This in an anxious time in which to sit on the board of directors. With defaults and foreclosures accounting for some 20 percent or more of the units at some condominiums, frustration among association members is off the charts. …

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Board Operations Vendor Relationships
2011 October Vendor Relationships

A well-run condominium or co-op requires that it is getting its supplies and services smoothly and at the best price, which is why a board of directors or management company needs to stay on top of its vendors and its contracts with th…

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Board Operations Meetings 101
2011 October Meetings 101

If you live in a condo or a co-op, you’ve probably noticed that your building has at least one annual shareholders’ or unit owners’ meeting each year. It’s not random. The annual meeting is actually an Illinois state-mandated la…

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Board Operations Getting Creative
2011 October Getting Creative

The Great Recession has required all boards and property managers to investigate new and progressive ways to ensure that their bottom line is covered. While this has always been the mission, the economic reality of recent years has ins…

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Board Operations Childproofing Your Home
2011 October Childproofing Your Home

When you’re decorating your home, there are two things you want to bear in mind if you have children. You want to keep the design functional, but safe. After all, anyone who’s ever had, or just looked after, a baby or toddler, can tell …

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Board Operations Des Plaines
2011 October Des Plaines

 Des Plaines, Illinois in Cook County was originally settled by the French who  named the town, “of the plains.” Today, the town is officially nicknamed the "City of Destiny."    This suburb of Chicago, which sits right next to O'Ha…

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Board Operations Greening the Windy City
2011 October Greening the Windy City

 Between the media coverage, consumer marketing campaigns, and governmental  programs, the concept of living “green” has become a sometimes-confusing catchphrase over the last few years. Are you “going green?” Exactly how “green” are you? …

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Q&A: Dealing with Roof Damage
2011 October Q&A: Dealing with Roof Damage

Q I live in an 18-year-old, 40-unit townhome association in Des Plaines. According  to our declaration and bylaws, the association owns and maintains the entire  shingle roof system including the skylights and flashings. Due to the poor  …

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